Cobb Schools to Partner with MUST Ministries to Feed Cobb Families in Need

To continue to support Cobb students while schools are closed, the Cobb County School District is pleased to announce that the District is partnering with MUST Ministries to provide food to our students in need. 

By partnering with MUST Ministries, Cobb Schools will be able to extend the support to all students who attend Cobb Schools.  

“We are thankful for this additional opportunity to partner with MUST Ministries. Partnering to help our Cobb students in need is truly an example of the community coming together,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “During this unprecedented time, there may be more students in need than just those who receive free and reduced lunches. By partnering with MUST, we also are partnering with the experts who serve the neediest in our community every day.”

The Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition Services kitchens are making large food donations to MUST Ministries, which MUST will use to feed Cobb families.  

“We are always honored to partner with Cobb County Schools year-round when it comes to taking care of at-risk children and their families. Currently, we serve 70 schools through 32 Cobb County school locations called MUST Neighborhood Pantries,” said Dr. Ike Reighard, President, and CEO of MUST Ministries. “With the schools closing and no access to the pantries, we have created the MUST Food Rapid Response effort to continue to meet the needs and expand to other families in need. We anticipate partnering with satellite locations to distribute family food boxes. While this is a work in progress, we hope to have locations and times settled by early next week.” 

Currently, MUST serves 1,500 families a month through Neighborhood Pantries and three main pantry locations. The MUST Food Rapid Response program will expand that reach. 

Beginning early this week, MUST Ministries and the South Cobb Council will distribute food boxes for Cobb students in need at all MUST distribution sites and over 30 Cobb school locations through MUST Ministries food pantries. Specific dates, times, and locations will be communicated once MUST is ready to distribute.

Opportunities to partner

Donate food
In addition to food provided by Cobb schools, if you want to donate, please drop off non-perishable food items at 1280 Field Parkway in Marietta or shop online and ship to the address above. Food will be distributed to various sites around Cobb where students will be fed. Specific food items for rapid response food boxes include: canned green beans, dry milk, baked beans, canned pasta, bags of pasta, canned carrots, canned tuna, chunky soup, canned corn, canned potatoes, canned tomatoes, mac & cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruit, or oatmeal.

More details will be available on the MUST Ministries website.


Volunteer

For any organization, church, or person who would like to help meet the needs of our school community, we need YOU!!! Please contact MUST Ministries directly at neighborhoodpantry@mustministries.org.
Opportunities will include creating food boxes for students and distributing food at distribution centers throughout Cobb County. We need volunteers to help feed Cobb students!!!

Donate money for students in need

You can donate to students and families at a school of your choice by clicking here for any of our 113 schools, here for schools in South Cobb through the South Cobb Council, or here to help families with more significant needs than food alone.