Moved by a teacher's post on social media, A-lister J-Lo decided to pitch in and help this school stating that "No child should EVER have to go to sleep hungry."
Students at a Tennessee elementary school recently received a year's worth of food thanks to the generosity of Jennifer Lopez and her husband. The couple came across a teacher’s viral post about how one of her students often went hungry, so they decided to help out. Thus they donated to Jacksboro Elementary School’s food pantry by contributing meals from their new company, Tiller & Hatch, reports People. Brooke Goins, a teacher at Jacksboro Elementary, first shared her student’s story through social media platform Facebook on October 2.
She wrote: Today I cried at work. Not because I hate my job, or that it is just too hard (it really is). Today I cried for a child, a child who so innocently talked about food, and the lack of it. He asked when the lady that puts food in his backpack was coming. It caught me off guard because it is our guidance counselor and I wasn’t sure what he needed. I told him I wasn’t sure about this week since it is a short week. He told me he was out of it at home and needed more. Of course, I asked what was in the bag that he liked so much. I asked if it was the macaroni bowls or the crackers, he said no. I asked if it was the spaghetti o’s, he laughed and told me no that they didn’t have those.
Then it happened... he looked at me and said, “those little o’s (as he made a small circle with his hand), we don’t have those at my house, but when I do have them they give me a warm belly and help me sleep.” I lost it, I cried in front of 20 little people. No kid should ever be hungry, ever. Well here is where it gets even better, I immediately sent a text to my group, these are the people who are teachers. Remember, hearing people say that we spend all of our money in our classrooms? We spend it to make sure that our kids have what they need to succeed, and today we bought food. Yep, we put our money together and made sure that this sweet baby had some spaghetti o’s!
Today I’m thankful for all of my people at school, big and little. It takes a village, it really does. It’s a crazy rollercoaster of emotions being a teacher, but today it was worth every tear that fell to see him light up when that bag was put into his backpack! Teachers, keep your heads up YOU ARE making a difference! We are all exhausted, but we push forward each and every day. She then added: Our principal also made sure to let me know that if he needed anything from the snack closet at school, that I could go in and grab it for him! I work at an amazing school with awesome people who truly love what they do!
The post went viral and a lot of people offered to help out. She then added: We are now starting a food pantry for our students. Students will be able to get food whenever needed! If you would like to help, we are accepting food donations as well as hygiene products! 164 Jacksboro Elementary School Road, Jacksboro, TN 37757. You can put attention FOOD PANTRY. That's when something wonderful happened. Lopez pitched in to help when she heard about the teachers’ efforts. She posted about it on Instagram as well.
Lopez wrote: When we heard about the students and amazing teachers at Jacksboro Elementary in Tennessee, we knew we had to help. We heard teachers were helping students bring home food when they didn't have enough. When we saw this story, it brought tears not just to my eyes, but Alex's as well! I don’t know if you guys know, but Alex and I are part owners in a company called Tiller & Hatch, and we decided to donate a year's worth of their yummy, healthy meals, for the students and their school’s food pantry. Everyone should have access to delicious, nutritious food. This was my favorite moment of the month and it’s one of the best things we’ve been able to do.
She posted a video where she FaceTimed with the students at Jacksboro Elementary School and spoke to Goins about why they were inspired to send the meals. "My mom was a teacher and it was such a moving story to us that we wanted to help," Lopez told Goins. Tiller & Hatch sells affordable frozen meals like Santa Fe style pasta and chicken tortilla stew designed to be made in an electric pressure cooker. It’s available online and at Walmart.