The very first time Maya received her Sack Supper, she brought half of it with her to school the next day. She brought half a banana, half a bag of carrots, half a juice box and so on. Puzzled, Maya’s teacher asked her why she brought her Supper back. Didn’t she like the food? Maya responded she knew she’d be hungry the very next day so she saved it, making it last. Maya didn’t realize she would be receiving a Sack Supper every day and wanted to make sure she had enough to eat the following day.
Jon, a very quiet, shy student was caught putting tacos from the school lunch line into his pockets. A teacher saw Jon doing this and reprimanded him for taking extras when he wasn’t suppose to. Jon was never the type of student to get into trouble. When pulled aside and asked why he took the extra tacos, Jon looked up and began to cry. He said “I don’t know if I am going to get to eat again later.” Jon was signed up for Sack Suppers and no longer has to steal food or worry about going home hungry.
Dylan, an eight year old boy, came in with his grandparents to drop off a $2 donation. Dylan showed the flier from his school explaining a charity fundraising project. He then said that he used to be one of the kids who received Sack Suppers. His grandma explained that Dylan’s life had been very different. He received Sack Suppers up until he came to live with them. Now when he looks in the cupboard, there is food for him to eat. He said that he was excited to be able to give to Kids’ Food Basket after having received the Sack Suppers.
One staff member vividly remembers a conversation she had with Kimberly, a 4th grade student at Godfrey Lee Elementary. As Kimberly pulled a bright red baby bell pepper from her bag she exclaimed to the staff member, "I'm going to cry!" Our staff member knelt down beside Kimberly and asked why she was going to cry, unsure of how best to respond. "Are these happy tears or sad tears?" the staff member asked. "Happy! I've never had a bell pepper before," Kimberly said excitedly as she took a big, crunchy bite from the bell pepper with a smile on her face.