OD Wyatt High School now has a grocery store. Here’s how it will help students

dfwnewsa | February 3, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News

OD Wyatt High School now has a grocery store. Here’s how it will help students

Malik Franklin, 12th grader, organises shelf at the On-Campus Grocery Store Grand Opening at O.D. Wyatt High Jan.13, 2024. (Camilo Diaz | Fort Worth Report)
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Walking into the portable building next to the football field at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth ISD felt like walking into a traditional grocery store. 

Shelves were completely stocked and fridges were filled with the essentials.

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The store called the Chaparral THRIVE Market is a collaboration between Texas Health Resources and Fort Worth ISD. The market will provide food for students as a way to help improve academic performance and their mental health, officials said.

THRIVE is an acronym that stands for Together Harnessing Resources to Give Individuals Voice and Empowerment, according to Texas Health Resources.

The store is funded through a grant from Texas Health Resources. So far, the high school received $260,000. Texas Health plans to expand the program through a $2.6 million fundraising campaign.

About 10 students will operate the grocery store, teaching them entrepreneurship, according to a news release.

“This market will help meet the food and nutritional needs of our students, while also helping them learn valuable life lessons that will help them beyond the walls of the school,” Principal Armando Gallegos said.

Students will find anything from eggs, milk and fresh vegetables to baby formula and feminine hygiene products. The products are at no cost to students.

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For some students, it can be a challenge to obtain food and hygiene supplies, officials said. More than 9 in 10 O.D. Wyatt students come from low-income families, according to Texas Education Agency data.

The Chaparral THRIVE Market sign greets guests as they walk into the first FWISD on-campus grocery store on Jan. 31, 2024. (Camilo Diaz | Fort Worth Report)

Beverage and chips line shelves in O.D. Wyatt High School’s on-campus grocery store on Jan. 31, 2024. (Camilo Diaz | Fort Worth Report)

Fort Worth ISD and Texas Health Resources officials take a group picture during the opening of the on-campus grocery store at O.D. Wyatt High School on Jan. 31, 2024. (Camilo Diaz | Fort Worth Report)

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Disclosure: Texas Health Resources is a financial supporter of the Fort Worth Report. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

Camilo Diaz is a multimedia fellow at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at camilo.diaz@fortworthreport.org.

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