“I go to a title one school where over 60 percent of the kids are on free and reduced lunch. These are kids that I learn with and that I talk with that could possibly be going hungry.
I wanted to make sure to try to give back as much as I could to food pantries and causes that were feeding kids in our community. So what I started to do was I posted on Nextdoor: ‘put cans out in a bag and I will come around and collect them’.
Then I convinced my older sister to drive me around so I could collect cans and put them in the trunk and then we could take them to the food bank. “
“My then-fourteen year-old kept telling me she was bored. I said ‘have a canned group drive’ and she did. She posted the request on Nextdoor and asked people to place canned goods by their mailboxes. She and her 22 year-old sister collected them. I then asked her older sister to deliver them to Hands of Christ. Before this, she had been utterly devastated she could not complete her senior year in-person at Clemson. When she saw the long lines of people collecting food – she changed her mindset. The neighborhood focus was so effective it mushroomed into a trailer collection for two months at Piedmont Bank. That resulted in truckloads of food for the Norcross Co-Op. ” Cathy Loew