Food pantry needs:
  • non refrigerated juice

  • hot chocolate packets

  • cold cereal/oatmeal/cream of wheat

  • ramen noodles

  • beef-a-roni/ravioli *pull tab, please

  • box pizza

  • boxed potatoes

  • beef stew *pull tab lids, please

  • stuffing mix

  • canned milk *pull tab lids, please

  • pickles

  • canned fruit/vegetables *pull tab lids, please

  • soup *pull tab lids, please

  • pasta and sauce

  • ketchup/mustard/mayo

  • rice

  • pancake mix/syrup

  • bisquick

  • baking supplies: flour, sugar

  • complete mixes: hamburger helper

  • chips and salsa

  • canned tuna/canned chicken *pull tab lids, please

  • granola bars


*Why pull tabs? For many youth, housing is not a guarantee so the school wants to supply food that is as 'ready to eat' as possible (with or without a can opener handy) 


Baby Needs:
  • baby food (jars)

  • baby cereal

  • baby powder, lotion, wipes, shampoo

  • diapers all sizes, especially 4 and 5


Personal Hygiene needs:
  • tooth brushes/tooth paste

  • shampoo, conditioner, soap

  • deodorant, hand lotion

  • tampons

  • toilet paper, paper towels, tissue


Blue Tiger Initiative – Helping Our Community

In 2006, former Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer challenged local parties to undertake civic engagement projects to help their communities. The effort was called the Blue Tiger initiative.  Today, the Blue Tiger lives on locally through the Grand Traverse Democrats' relationship with the Traverse City High School (TCHS).

Former executive board member Suzann Brooke (deceased 2018), spearheaded the Blue Tiger drives for food and other needed items to supply the alternative high school's pantry. A retired special education teacher, Brooke became aware of TCHS students’ needs while serving as a member of the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education.

In 2019, 150 students attend the school. These young people are dealing with a wide range of challenges and circumstances that makes attendance and success in a traditional school setting difficult. The goal of TCHS and its programming is to work to keep the students in school, help them graduate and be successful in life. By supporting the Blue Tiger Initiative, you will help provide for some of the basic needs so crucial to that goal and student success.

Brooke’s original Blue Tiger Initiative focused on keeping the school’s pantry stocked. The pantry still collects donations so students can access items as needed. In recent years the initiative has also asked for monetary donations (cash or checks) which are passed on to the school so that staff might purchase items they know are needed by students

Blue Tiger at Work!

The Grand Traverse Democrats collect pantry items and/or monetary contributions from members at every meeting or event they hold. Please be sure to bring cash, your checkbook, or pantry items.

Checks should be made out to: Traverse City High School Student Support Network (TCHS Student Support Network). The school DOES NOT accept cash directly for bookkeeping reasons. If you would like to make a donation to the pantry directly in the name of the Grand Traverse Democrats Blue Tiger Initiative, please call Principal Lance Morgan at 933-5860.

Using your credit card you may also donate directly by going to the TCAPS website ( Click on the donate tab, fill in your information. Be sure to specifically direct your donation to the TCHS Student Support Network and in the Organization box enter: Blue Tiger Initiative (Members of GT Dems).


To donate to Blue Tiger click the button and specify that and that the money is coming from the Blue Tiger initiative in a textbox on the Donate page

For more information on Blue Tiger and the TCAPS Intense Student Support Netowrk click HERE to download a brochure.

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