There have been a lot of stories in the news lately on the controversy of school lunch debt, but there’s at least one ray of sunshine among them. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez just donated a year’s worth of food to an elementary school.

Teacher Brooke Goins of Jacksboro Elementary took to Facebook to share her frustration and sadness over a student not getting enough to eat. “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.”

Goins continued to share the heartbreaking story of a little boy from her school. “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,” she wrote in her post. “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.”

Goins went on to explain that she called on her teacher friends and together they ensured that the student went home with plenty of food. Her post went viral, with thousands of commenters applauding her actions. That’s where Lopez and Rodriguez come in.

Having seen Goins’ post, the couple donated a year of meals from Tiller & Hatch, their company which sells frozen meals available online and at Walmart. Lopez shared a video of the couple surprising the kids with their generous gift.

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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 years worth of of their yummy, healthy meals, for the students and their school’s food pantry. 🍽✨ This is why being a business owner, and having actual ownership in companies (not licensing), is so important to me and Alex, especially as Latinos. It's about showing our community, this is what life can be. You can take charge and take ownership. It allows us to have a say in creating things that make people's lives better and have partners that share our passion for giving back. Because giving back and being there for others is really what matters most ❤️❤️❤️ We are happy to be in business with partners who also believe no child should EVER have to go to sleep hungry. 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. @tillerandhatch #tillerandhatch

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“This is why being a business owner, and having actual ownership in companies (not licensing), is so important to me and Alex, especially as Latinos,” Lopez wrote in her post. “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.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Jennifer Lopez via Instagram

 

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