GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Volunteers at Elmhurst Elementary School said Wednesday they put their food drive together in five minutes Tuesday night, and because of community members who didn’t hesitate to get involved, they’ve put together more than 200 bags of food for kids and families in the area.
They converted a school bus map converted into a food delivery map — marking off closed streets and breaking Greenville up into zones to show where students and their families live.
On Thursday, they will climb aboard a school bus to deliver these snack bags to students and families across the city.
“We’ve mapped out some of the areas that need it the most,” said Colleen Burke, Elmhurst Elementary principal. “Then we’re going to take some of the food — we’ve made extra bags — and maybe give it to Greenville Utilities, the police, whoever needs it.
The idea to deliver food bags came from the backpack food program that many students at Elmhurst are a part of.
Because school has been cancelled for the week, some students are without the food supply that they normally get from the school.
“They know that our kids really rely on taking that bag home over the weekend and having snacks,” Burke said. “They haven’t really had that since last Friday, and we were really worried about what they have access to this week.”
All of the food in the snack bags was donated by teachers and community members.
They said Elmhurst is a tight-knit community, so the volunteers knew they had to do something to help local kids and families.
“It just shows that we’re all united, period. And that’s the way it should be,” said Montrell Morrow, Elmhurst Elementary teacher.
The volunteer group assembling the bags was made up of teachers, community members and even former Elmhurst students.
“It just hurts to see people go through stuff like that, you know?” said Deontay Edwards, a high school student. “I couldn’t just imagine myself going through it. It would hurt. So I just try to help others.”
Besides just handing out food, the volunteers said they are showing that people affected by the flood aren’t alone.
“It means that we’re family and we take care of each other,” Morrow said. “I have their backs, and they have our backs, and as a community we can all achieve.