Charlotte groups gather food for students who will miss school-provided meals on day of teachers rally

Groups gather food for students who might miss meals on day of teachers rally

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Oranges, poptarts, granola bars - all included in 350 meal bags, packaged with care by members of the Latin American Coalition.

“Their lunch might be their only meal of the day,” Jonathan Peebles says. “But we also want to support our teachers.”

This is one of the community organizations helping Jen Bourne gather groceries for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students, to replace the ones they would have received at school, Wednesday.

“To make sure that students that rely on that free breakfast and lunch aren’t in a bind,” Bourne says.

In two days, school will be out, as many teachers head to march in Raleigh for better resources.

Bourne says she had not seen any groups collecting meals for students staying home.

“It might be that I’m in a bubble,” she says. “But we just didn’t really see that, which is why we’re now cramming, the week of, loading Ziploc bags of food into our cars.”

For these community members, it is an act of support for the students, and their teachers.

“These are kids I’m never going to meet,” Peebles says. “But I’m comforted knowing they’re not going to go hungry, just because CMS is out of school for one day.”

Bourne says she will bring these donations to A Child’s Place and Communities in Schools, to be distributed.

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