BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Binghamton City School District unveiled its brand new food pantry on July 22.
The Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Food Pantry will be stocked by the food bank of the Southern Tier and will be open to the community for two hours prior to school dismissal Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The food bank will be open during those times throughout the school year with modified hours during the summer months.
The food pantry features an individual entrance separate from the school and will be a part of the Traci CARES (Community Adult Resource Education Services) center.
Franklin Elementary School Principal Kyle Skinner said while the main purpose is to provide food to those in need, space will be useful for much more.
"We are really excited to have a community space," Skinner said. "[It's] a place where our families can really gather [and] they can make meals in our instructional kitchen [and] we are going to be able to provide our families with job and career fairs."
Skinner called it a place where people can gather and wrap themselves around the school community.