“We can have feminist icons, but the real heroines are just quietly doing what is needed”  Osyth

To follow up on Osyth’s quote about real heroines, I was struck when I read this story about Amy Price and knew I had to share it with you.

Mom coordinates free lunch for kids when schools close in cold

Amy Price was not planning to feed more than 100 kids when she woke up on Wednesday morning.

The mother of three from Lorain County, Ohio, was thinking of her eighth-grade son who would be spending the day at home due to schools closing for cold temperatures when she had an idea.

“I was happy for my son to have the day off and the kids who didn’t have to walk in the freezing cold, but then I started thinking about the kids who may not eat,” Price, 41, an attorney and real estate agent, told ABC News. “I remember being a child services prosecutor and caseworkers mentioning sometimes that kids may not eat on snow days when they’re home from school.”

Price took to Facebook and posted a short message, which she shared on her own page and local community pages.

“If you live in the Lorain County area and your kids depend on school-provided breakfast and lunch to be able to eat today and they do not have school please inbox me,” she wrote. “Someone from my company will drop some items off to you. Please feel free to share.”

Price thought she would go to the grocery store and buy some meat for sandwiches and chips and fresh fruit to put in lunch bags but the overwhelming response changed her plan.

“Some people even contacted me for their neighbors and grandchildren and nieces and nephews,” she said. “They just kept pouring in.”

Price received so many messages that she instead called a local McDonald’s and place an order for more than 100 cheeseburgers and French fries.

Price, her husband, with their 13-year-old son in tow, and her adult daughter, with her 4-year-old in tow, then hand-delivered the lunches to homes across five cities.

“We knocked on every door,” Price said. “Some kids were home alone and were taught well and wouldn’t open the door and we’d leave it there and I know they got it because the parents would private message me with their thanks.

“One parent wrote, ‘You would have thought you gave my kid $100 he’s so excited,’” she recalled. “Everyone was just so appreciative and thankful.”

Price’s good deed quickly spread through the community. With schools closed for the rest of the week, other community members organized lunch runs for Thursday and Friday.

Some people donated money while others came in person to help, often bringing along their own kids who were home from school.

Another 100 lunches were delivered on Thursday and Friday, according to Price.

Price, a Lorain County native, said she expected on Wednesday to receive about 20 messages. She called it “heartbreaking and heartwarming” to see both the need in the community and how the community stepped in to help.

“I’m amazed by how much the community came together and I realized how naive I was to the need,” she said. “This was never my intention but I think it brought a lot of awareness in my community to the need out there.”

Around 45 percent of public school students in the state of Ohio are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, according to the most recent figures from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Price said the response from people needing help and wanting to donate help fills her with hope that her work for kids can continue.

“We’ve talked about possibly keeping donations in reserve for future snow days or doing something more large-scale,” she said. “I hope this will lead to something more permanent.”

“The momentum is there,” Price said.

PHOTO: Amy Price Mendez and her family delivered over 100 lunches to children in need throughout Lorain County, Ohio, Jan. 3, 2018.

The information for this post came from ABC News.
Please feel free to leave a link to your blog story about an inspiring woman.  We can never read too many of these stories especially these days.

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

21 Responses

  1. Inspiring post and thank you for my usual Friday morning treat! 😀 It is saddening though how many needed help for breakfast and lunch meals…something most of us take for granted. What an incredible woman for organising and delivering the meals … and wonderful that there were so many warm comments of thanks afterwards. Happy Weekend to you, Bernadette! 😀❤️

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  2. Amy was willing to think beyond herself and her family and realize that others out there wouldn’t find a ‘school’s off’ day so much fun. I’m so inspired by this story (and my eyes are full of tears so my words are blurry here). How wonderful that her story was shared by ABC so more can hear about what this woman did out of love and friendship and kindness and caring. May we all follow in her footsteps.

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  3. Goodness what a kind and compassionate lady. How very sad to think that so many children needed her support. I feel so blessed that my sisters and I could run home from school at lunchtime to a meal cooked by my late mum. So many mothers have to work these days to keep a home.

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  4. I love what she did. Adding beauty and love to the balance of the human experience is a wonderful thing. But… dear God in heaven, almost half of the kids in Ohio qualify for free or reduced lunch (my family of origin is from Ohio, so actually this statistic isn’t surprising). How can we sleep at night knowing so many of our neighbors are living in or near developing world conditions? We are a very broken nation.

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  5. Love Osyth’s wonderful quote: “We can have feminist icons, but the real heroines are just quietly doing what is needed” Amy Price is one of those beautiful heroines and she certainly does rock. Thanks Amy, Osyth and Bernadette for caring and sharing. ❤ I'll be sharing this everywhere. Blessings and love…

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  6. It is heart-warming and heart-breaking to again realize that behind closed doors, there are still many children ..(and parents too) that go without necessities of life, because the cost of living is higher than what they earn. We see on television about third world countries, but we sometimes forget our next door neighbour too. This lovely woman thought of them and did something. We too need to be more aware of need in our communities too… and do something too! Diane

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