- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis area school district has launched a food pantry program to help ensure needy students don’t go without nourishment outside the school day.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/KzVFQ0 ) the Hazelwood School District’s “Food For Thought” program is the second in the area. The Jennings district opened one for its students in the fall of 2012.

Hazelwood’s pantries will be housed at the district’s three high schools. But they’ll be available to all students who lack a reliable source of food for evenings, weekends and other breaks from school.

About 57 percent of Hazelwood students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, compared to nearly 50 percent statewide.

The Hazelwood program began operation Monday.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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