Mother of 6 Feeds Hungry Kids in Her Community
When she saw that children in her neighborhood were going to school hungry, she stepped up to solve the problem.
Champale Anderson's love for her neighborhood is strong. Along with being a healthcare provider and mother of 6, the North St. Louis native prepares free lunches and after school snacks for children in need in her community. Anderson has been at it for 5 years now, and she works out of her own home to pack and distribute the bags of food. Kids can knock on her door and get a bag every Monday through Friday during breakfast hours, after school and in the evenings, if needed.
Champale Anderson sits for an interview with Fox news. KTVI-TV
The bags are filled with goodies such as peanut butter sandwiches, chips, cookies, fruit and juice. She's careful to have an option on hand for children with nut allergies -- typically, a baloney sandwich. She also has breakfast bags with little treats that kids can eat quickly on their way to school.
"They get off the bus and they take off running and they never know what I will have in the bag. I switch it up, special treats for my special babies," Anderson said.
She currently packs about 100 bags per day, but she's planning to expand the program so that she can help other neighborhoods that have a need for it.
Anderson provides all the food and supplies and packs the bags at her kitchen table. KTVI-TV
To keep the initiative going, Anderson has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise some much-needed funds. She currently uses her own money to buy all of the food and supplies for the bags. While her original goal was to raise about $2,000, the fundraiser has already brought in over $30,000 from 940 donors.
Anderson calls the program "Champ's Teardrops Snack Lunches," and she has a sign outside of her home that reads "Free snacks anytime and donations welcome." She told KTVI-TV that she's inspired by the words and actions of Mother Teresa.
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." - Mother Teresa
You can donate to Champ's Teardrops Snack Lunches by visiting the GoFundMe page. You can also send money via the Cash App to $champsteardrops .