Pirate Pantry Food Needs List

Nutrition Initiative: BackSnack and Pirate Pantry Programs

The Belton Educational Foundation’s mission is to provide funding to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize the learning potential of every student attending the Belton School District. One of the major barriers to learning for our students is access to nutritional food. As a result, the Foundation has worked to establish a relationship with the area’s leading nonprofit organization that impacts hunger, Harvesters, while working with local individuals and organizations to provide support for the BackSnack and Pirate Pantries programs.

Poor nutrition has a negative impact on our students. It keeps them from reaching their full potential and has lasting negative effects on their health. According to the Center for American Progress, children who do not receive proper nutrition suffer from a multitude of problems, including more frequent illness, higher hospitalization rates, iron deficiencies, lower physical functioning, and higher rates of mental illness.

Children also remain one of the most vulnerable and underserved segments of our society, as they are unable to support themselves, are unqualified to work, and are at reliant on the adults in their lives.

By offering the BackSnack and Pirate Pantries programs in our schools, we will be eliminating barriers to nutrition such as transportation and finances while increasing access to the most basic preventive health care available, nutritional food, for our most vulnerable population.

It is thanks to our generous donors that these programs continue to provide much needed support for our students. Montary donations are welcome for both the BackSnack and Pirate Pantry programs. We also accept food donations all year round for the Pantries.

At this time, we are not accepting any canned vegetables or any food that is past its expiration date.

Download the Pirate Pantry Food Needs List

If you or your organization is interested in arranging a food drive, please contact Executive Director, Krista Watkins at 816-348-1151 or email

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