During the summer, when there aren’t any free or reduced priced lunches from school, this grandmother and her team of volunteers found a way to make sure kids in their community don’t go hungry.
Phyllis Shaughnessy lives in Gray’s Harbor, Washington, which is a run-down town with low-income families. And the children are the ones who end up suffering the most. During the school year, the children are fed through the school’s lunch program. But when summer arrives, the free meals come to a grinding halt.
When Shaughnessy learned about all the kids in her county that could go hungry over the summer, she decided to help feed all 200 of them, every single day.
“You’re offering the children hope and love and a lunch,” Shaughnessy said. “They need to know someone cares. We’re all put on this earth to do something. Better to give than to take.”
Shaughnessy heads up Green Lantern Lunches, a non-profit organization that hand-delivers more 200 sack lunches to low-income children who live north of Ocean Shores, Washington. Every weekday morning this summer, Shaughnessy and a half dozen other volunteers have assembled the lunches before the Green Lantern Tavern in Copalis Beach opens up for the breakfast crowd.
Typically, the lunches include non-perishable items like Top Ramen, canned fruits, and raisins.
“The kids are always excited when Miss Phyllis is here!” said Angela Arroyo, a mother of five, who said her food bills go up when the kids are home for the summer.
She appreciates the Green Lantern Lunches volunteers.
Do you know why this is a great story? Because this is the spirit of America. It’s not dead. It lives within all of us, and Phyllis has it. She is a hero to many, and I am happy she’s doing what she’s doing!
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