Published: Sep 26, 2013 10:59 AM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) - A food pantry will open one day a week at a Sarasota County school to serve families in need.
    
A teacher at Woodland Middle School in North Port noticed a student "scrounging" for snacks in the school's office and got the idea to open a food pantry for families.
    
The food pantry, located in an unused teachers lounge on campus, is expected to open Thursday with about 970 pounds of food that includes dairy products, fresh meat and fruits and vegetables.
    
The Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/15vCKdG) reports that about 68 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunches.
    
Woodland joins a handful of other schools in the county that operate their own food pantries.
    
The list includes North Port, Riverview and Booker high schools, Booker Middle and Alta Vista Elementary.
    
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Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com

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