A food pantry in Monroe County's West End wants to once again make sure kids are ready to go back to school.

Pens, folders and backpacks aren't the only necessities. Things like underwear and shoes are also required to kick off the school year right.

Therefore, Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network in Sciota, PA is starting to collect clothing items now. Last year, they helped over 160 children, but officials believe the need will be greater this year thanks to the pandemic.

"Many parents have gone through a difficult time being laid off or in some cases having fewer hours, those working in the service industry may not be getting the tips they’re used to getting so it is harder on parents and they are going to have a harder time outfitting their kids for school this year," Thomas Campbell, PVEN Board of Directors President, said.

The food pantry is requesting all new items from sneakers to shirts for kindergarten through high schoolers in each schools colors. You can drop your purchases off at PVEN on Route 209 on Monday and Friday between 8 a.m. and noon or call 570-992-3136 to set up another time.