Philanthropy and charity doesn’t have to start on a large scale. All it takes is the will to want to help someone and the opportunity to make a difference.
Erin Lewis, Washington, N.C. resident and senior at Washington High-School, took the initiative and started a food pantry for her classmates in need. It started out as a student government project but Lewis and the members of the student government saw a need for it.
The pantry remains anonymous and there is not advertisement for it.They spread the information about it via word of mouth. It was done that way to protect the students who may feel embarrassed for needing the items in the food pantry.
Erin Lewis stated that, “We wanted to focus on those that need it, but they don’t want to tell us that they need it.”
The food pantry isn’t the only resource available for students. They also provide clothing and sanitation materials as well.
Project supervisor Laura Thompson says that, “It’s the idea that we’re not just here to teach you the material that you need to know to pass a test, We’re here to educate you for life. Part of that is nourishing the whole student, mind and body, and when we do both of those things we know students will have great outcomes.”