Teacher feeds students in need in Maryland
The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on all of us, but its been tougher for some more than others. Across the country, parents who have lost their jobs or had to walk away from jobs to take care of their children are struggling to put food on the table. In Montgomery County, Maryland, one teacher decided she's not going to let that happen.
kindergarten teachers where many hats. But Montgomery County, Maryland teacher Margaret Norris probably never dreamed food distributor would be one of them. Uh, this week it's gonna be 100 and 33 bags. 100 for the Community center, 33 ready for emergency deliveries. When the pandemic hit, Norris realized families in her area would be in trouble. And we were told that Maryland, all of Maryland schools were closing immediately. The teachers we knew our Children would be food insecure. She sprang into action, buying as much food as she could afford, sorting giant bags of things like rice and beans into smaller portions, along with helper Sandra and Marisol, handing them out every week at the local community center, maintaining social distancing the whole time with donations from my friends and family, and help from the community. We've been able provide 100 plus 100 bags here in the center every week, and then I do home deliveries of anywhere from 14 to 20 additional bags. Many families were struggling, struggling to pay the rent. They're struggling toe, get food on the table, and this is a huge effort. For Norris, the motive is simple. kids happy. Kids have to eat. And when they come back to me and they're in the virtual classroom or the real life classroom, I need them to have beaten. I need them, have been safe. I need the brains have been nourished. They need to grow properly. This is not charity that we're giving to them. This is solidarity that we're working together because their Children are my Children and they all need to be fed. She will continue to do it as long as that need. Is there really Miss Norris is an inspiration to the community. In a perfect world, Children wouldn't go hungry and one of the richest countries on earth just because schools were closed. But until that happens, people like Margaret Norris will give their time and money to make sure no child goes hungry. Chris Pallone, NBC News