A mother of six named Champale Anderson has decided to help out local kids who made be in need of lunch by providing free lunches to the kids in her neighborhood.
Over the past five years, Anderson has packed 150 lunches a day a put them on a table in front of her North St. Louis home. Kids getting off the bus are eager to get the meals she provides daily.
“Sometimes kids will get a bag [and] come back to my house around 7 p.m. because that may be the only meal they have during the day,” Anderson told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “They’ll ask for another bag and I say, ‘Of course. “
She decided to launch her free meal program after noticing her friend’s kids would always come over to her house hungry. She then began filling paper bags with treats like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, fruit, veggies, and cookies also.
At her food table, called “Champs Tear Drops,” Anderson will sometimes serve turkey sandwiches if she can afford the meat, and she always has a few bologna sandwiches on hand, too. Thanks to help from her own children (aged 8 to 25), she has been able to pack and provide meals for her entire community.
“It makes me proud,” said Anderson, who also interviewed with FOX 2 St. Louis. “My goal is to go to different neighborhoods and give out bags.”
Data from No Kid Hungry shows that more than 12 million children across the U.S. experience food insecurity, meaning their households do not have enough safe, nutritious food for each family member. Studies have shown that kids who don’t eat breakfast, or don’t get enough to eat during the day also tend to perform worse academically and have behavioral issues.
A GoFundMe campaign launched for Anderson has already raised more than $56,000 dollars for food and other supplies, far exceeding its initial $1,500 goal.