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By Rand Jenkins

I’ve been asked a lot this week, “Why are you doing this?” and one of the first reasons that comes to mind is this story.

In a suburb of a large town in Texas, one where you wouldn’t expect to find hunger issues, a third grade boy, “Tyler,” was a well behaved model student. One Monday morning, a typical morning, the teacher comes in, puts her items on her desk in front of the class, turns on her computer, places her paper sack lunchbox on the desk and begins class.

About that time, the teacher turned her back to write on the white board. Behind her she heard fast footsteps, the crinkle of a paper sack being grabbed and then the slam of the schoolroom door. She turned around, and saw Tyler was missing and so was the sack lunch.

The teacher excused herself from the classroom, went out into the hall and found Tyler there eating her lunch. She asked, “Why did you take my lunch?” Tyler, with a mouth full of sandwich and chips, looked down, embarrassed and said, “Well, I was home all weekend. I ate lunch Friday, but that was it. I was just so hungry. I saw your lunch and thought about the punishment, but I was just so hungry.”

During the school year, the government provides low-cost or free meals to those in need. However, on the weekends and summer, many of these children have no meals and no food at home. The same money and food are available for your church or civic organization to step up and be the distribution point for the food. It will cost you nothing but time. Contact us on how you can get this going in your organization.