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New Northside Eats Food Pantry Opens at Kirkpatrick Middle School

Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) Kirkpatrick Middle School is leading the way to help feed its Northside community. A grocery-style food pantry called Northside Eats has officially opened in the school basement.

The three-year effort is now a reality thanks to the staff at Kirkpatrick Middle School, a partnership with Tarrant Area Food Bank, and a kind donation made by the nonprofit organization Community Meals.

Shoppers will be greeted at the Northside Eats food pantry with a colorful mural painted by art students from Kirkpatrick and Texas Christian University at the front door. Students helped install shelving units, unbox merchandise, and stock pantry shelves. Next year, a student organization will be created to lead the food pantry effort.  

The grocery store-style food pantry is open three days a week with help from Kirkpatrick parents and Tarrant Area Food Bank volunteers, with extended hours two Saturdays per month. Adjusted summer hours of operation will be announced soon.

“We wanted to create a safe place where families could get the essentials they need to support their families. And, for families to know that we not only care for their children’s education but their entire well-being,” said Kirkpatrick Middle School Principal Jeffrey Bartolotta. “Now, we hope that this idea spreads to other campuses within the District so that we can help many other families.”

Participating families will be asked to register one time using an on-site QR code via the Tarrant Area Food Bank program to shop for free food. Registered families can return to shop during the hours of operation by simply showing their issued cards. Available groceries items include fresh produce, rice, beans, pasta, cereal, and milk – as they become available.

For more information about the Northside Eats food pantry, please contact Kirkpatrick Middle School at 817-814-4200.