“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.
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June is National Hunger Awareness Month.  As school draws to a close my thoughts turn to the many children who rely on school for regular meals.  I am reflecting that for most of those children summer isn’t the time of joy and freedom that we have come to think of at the end of the school term but a time of worry about the lack of food.

I would like to share this video called The Story of Hungry.  Perhaps we can all try to make a difference.
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The story of hungry takes place in schools, playgrounds and houses across the United States and the No Kid Hungry campaign is working to rewrite it.

In schools, more kids are getting breakfast, raising math test scores 17.5% where kids are accessing them.

During the summer, innovative local leaders are getting the support they need to start meal programs that work. Food trucks, new technology and better tracking turned Arkansas from the most food insecure state in the country to the state with the highest increase in the number of meals served to kids.

Things are changing everywhere, millions of kids who have had no voice are gaining one thanks to you. Find out ways that you can get involved at http://www.nokidhungry.org.
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The Story of Hungry is a unique look at hunger through the eyes of a child, created by Creative Artists Agency in partnership with the No Kid Hungry campaign, and brought to life through the talents of Hornet Studios director, Julia Potts, with contributions from music producer, Justin Stanley, and featuring the voices of Bess Frierson and No Kid Hungry spokesperson, and Academy Award winner, Jeff Bridges. Every dollar donated to No Kid Hungry will help connect hungry kids to healthy meals.
Together, we can end childhood hunger in America.
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Wishing children everywhere freedom from worry,