High school students in North Texas have run a grocery store that offers free food and supplies to families in need.
High School students run a grocery store
Anthony Love, Linda Tutt High School Principal, saw the necessity during the pandemic. Even before COVID-19 hit their town, many families are already economically disadvantaged. “That was before Covid happened, so I can only imagine that number is a lot higher,” he said.
So, the school opened a grocery store that offers free supplies to locals who are in need. The store, which officially began in November, has been run by their students since.
Instead of money, shoppers trade the goods for points. Students get their points according to their family size. They can also receive more points for their performance in school. It can be as simple as being a mentor to a classmate or an assistant to the school gardener.
“We’re trying to spread good things, and we want our kids to move on,” Principal Love said. “And to continue to do good for the community and the people around them.”
Inspiration amid the crisis
Paul Juarez, executive director of First Refuge Ministries, came up with the on-site store idea. He said that the point system prevents students from feeling embarrassed. “It won’t embarrass them that they have to, from time to time, go to a food pantry,” he explained.
The store has been kept fully stocked thanks to the local businesses who have supported their efforts.
Meanwhile, their inspiring work has attracted media outlets and celebrities. Now, more people have gone out to help and donate to keep the store running.
But above all, the school wanted to impart important lessons for the student through their grocery store. It is reflected in their three-fold purpose. One, to help those during the pandemic. Two, to provide students with job skills. And three, to teach them the importance of giving back.
The store is open every day to accommodate every need.
Reference: NBC News