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'Bobcat Bounty' food pantry opens at South Junior High

Posted at 6:52 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 21:01:04-04

If you head around the backside of South Junior High in Boise you may notice a new edition, a free food pantry called the Bobcat Bounty.

"It started from a facebook feed I saw," explained Heather Turk, a teacher at South Junior High. "It was called bountiful blessings and they were like the free libraries, but instead it was food for anyone in need."

After noticing a lot of students at the school had food insecurities, Turk got to work. Around a year later, the pantry was installed.

It's not just for kids. It's for anyone in need and it's open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

"It's always open to anyone who wants to come get anything that they need," said Turk.

The idea behind the pantry is a giving system. If you have extra, come drop it off, and if you are in need, come pick something up.

"Being able to just come 'shop' in this pantry and take what they need so they can get their family through whatever time period they need to, I think it's a huge relief off a lot of families shoulders," said Turk.

Another bonus, it's completely anonymous.

"There is no paperwork. There is no talking to the office. There is no anything. It's just come and get what you need," explained Turk.

The pantry opened officially for the very first time Wednesday and with just a quick post on facebook, Turk said she has already had tons of people showing their support, some of them by donating food. 

Heather hopes to have enough food donated to keep the pantry stocked year-round for those in need.

If you would like to donate to the pantry, just head over and drop some food in, or you can leave food at the South Junior High office.