Students at Warsaw Middle School and High School now have access to free food thanks to the efforts of a school counselor.

According to the Benton County Enterprise, Counselor Tyler Richardson was worried students were not getting proper nutrition at home because the buddy pack program is only available for Elementary school students.

Richardson reached out to the Food Bank in Columbia and launched a new program for older students, which began this month.

Students are called from their class to shop and take “whatever they feel they need” during this pandemic.

A snack program was also implemented as students are spending longer days in the classroom, due to the 4-day school schedules initiated by the district.