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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Nearly two-thirds of Guilford County Schools students live in low-income homes. Jackson Middle School is one of dozens in the county that has started a campus food pantry available to families in need.

Carla McMillan, youth development coordinator for Jackson Middle, started the food pantry for the school with the help of BackPack Beginnings.

McMillian personally organizes the food to service families with a weekend's worth of meals at least twice a month.

“In the course of a day I find it very difficult to try and teach a child who's hungry and so I think when you see it from where I sit it is so impactful to have a food pantry here to help our families,” McMillan said.

Pantries like Jackson Middle are completely independent from Guilford County Schools and rely on donations to from the community to continue to provide.

McMillan said Jackon Middle is always looking for committed volunteers and donors.

Guilford County Schools representatives said they are still counting how many schools in the district have food pantries but said there are "dozens."