A high-school run grocery store takes good deeds as payment
For students and families facing food insecurity, Linda Tutt High School found a way to make things easier.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- For students and families facing food insecurity, Linda Tutt High School in Texas found a way to make things easier.
Linda Tutt High School partnered with two Texas organizations to fight food insecurity in their community.
This year was particularly difficult for many across the world, making ends meet during a pandemic has become a bigger and bigger issue.
UNICEF projects that in 2020, 83 million to 132 million people across the world may go hungry.
The nonprofit, First Refuge Ministries, approached the school with the idea.
“It didn’t take me long to see all the possibilities that the store could bring, especially with it being run by students,” Principal Anthony Love told ABC News. “The other aspect [is] giving back to the community during these challenging times — even if it’s just a little.”
The shelves are filled with a variety of food items; from dry goods to fresh produce to household items. They are delivered from First Refuge Ministries.
FRM purchased all of the goods with funds from the Texas Health Resources.
The store is open three days a week. It uses a point system that gives each faculty member and student a number of points based on the size of their household.
Students can earn more points by, “going above and beyond in the classroom, doing more than what is asked of them, doing a kind deed or being a mentor,” as well as taking on jobs around campus.
The store will officially open to the community in Sanger, Texas on Dec. 15. They’ll be offering drive-up, curbside, and contactless shopping.