Free lunches for over 200 kids when schools close during freezing temperatures
Posted on January 5, 2018
When Amy Price woke up on Wednesdaymorning, she was not planning to feed more than 100 kids. The mother of three children who is living in Lorian Country, Ohio, was thinking of her eighth-grade son who would spent the day at home due to schools closing for freezing temperatures when she got 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,” Told Price, 41, an attorney and real estate agent. “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 posted a schort message on Facebook. She shared it on her own page and the 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 also wrote. “Someone from my company will drop some items off to you. Please feel free to share.”
Price thought to go to the grocery store and bought some meat for sandwiches and chips and fresh fruit to put in lunch bags, but she was overwhelmed about the response and 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 called a local McDonald's and placed an order for over 100 cheeseburgers and French Fries.
Her husband, with their 13-year-old son in tow, her daughter with her 4-year-old in tow delivered the lunches to houses 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.”
Price also said “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.”
The good deed of Price spread through the community. The schools were closed for the rest of the week so other community members organized lunch runs for Thursday and Friday. Some people donated money and others came to help.
According to Price, another 100 lunches were delivered on Thursday and Friday.
Price said that she expected on Wednesday to receive about 20 messages. “heartbreaking and heartwarming” she called it, to see how the community stepped in to help each other.
“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.”
According to the most recent figures from the National Center for Education Statistics, around 45 percent of public school students in the state of Ohio are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
The response from people who needed help and wanted to donate and help, got Price filled with hope that she can continue her work for kids.
“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,” said Price.
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