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Ready to serve twice as many with expanded warehouse and new food pantries rolling out

Filling in the Blanks continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and nothing exemplifies this more than a massively expanded warehouse. Previously occupying about 2,500 square feet, this spring more than doubled to 7,500—quite a ways from the organizations’ humble beginnings operating out of a living room. This expansion has huge implications for Filling in the Blanks’s capacity and impact, as it’s expected to double the number of students served. Volunteers can also look forward to a new, dedicated check-in space. Coinciding with the expanded warehouse, Filling in the Blanks has also just opened its first two in-school food pantries. Having observed barriers to high school students’ participation in food programs, the pantries are designed to provide a more appealing option, enabling older students with greater independence and choice. Two more pantries are slated to open soon, with hopes of expanding more broadly in the future. Reflecting on this transformative new solution and exponential growth, co-founders Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer expressed gratitude to be able to serve the community while acknowledging the frustrating persistence of childhood hunger: “We never thought Filling in the Blanks would grow to this size in the span of ten years. We’re grateful to all the volunteers and supporters who have played such a huge role in getting us here. It is, however, heartbreaking to know that there are still thousands of children that go without food on the weekends.”


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