As a School Bus Driver in Kosse, TX, Sandra Sees What Children Bring for Lunch
March 29, 2010 § 2 Comments
In a major step toward President Obama’s goal to end childhood hunger by 2015, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill was approved with a unanimous voice vote by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The bill includes priorities we, and anti-hunger advocates across the nation, support to help increase access to nutritious food for low-income children during the school day, after school, in the summer, and over weekends and extended school holidays.
In the more rural parts of our 21-county service area, this legislation will have a big impact. As a school bus driver in Kosse, TX, Sandra McCreery sees what children are bringing for lunch, and shares her story.
“I know a lot of elderly and kids here that get very little and just eat bread,” Sandra tells us, “I drive a school bus, so I know a lot of these kids personally, and I know their parents and their grandparents. I know what these kids wear, what they bring to eat. Once you see some of the stuff you handed out to them, it makes you think, ‘I volunteered [at a Mobile Food Pantry distribution] and it helped.’”
“It makes me want to cry,” she said. “I see them bring their lunch bags on the bus. You can tell when they’ve got the bread or noodles from the Mobile Food Pantry. It makes you feel good to know they don’t have to eat just one thing or do without. It helps them learn when they’ve got a full belly. Driving a school bus, I see it. It makes me happy to know this program is here.”
“If [people] came out here to see some of these people and what they have to live in because of the economy, I’m sure they’d dig deeper in their pockets. We’ve fallen on hard times. I know some people don’t believe it because we’re good at hiding it, but our country needs people to volunteer for the food banks because we have kids right here in our own country that are going to bed hungry every night. If they drove a school bus or worked for the school system, they would see the kids that go to bed hungry at night.”
“To those companies that donate this food, thank you from the bottom of my heart and from the people of Kosse. Especially from the kids,” says Sandra. “To those of you who donate money to help buy food, thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God bless every one of you.”
- Visit our website to learn about how we nourish hungry children.
- Check out this scorecard by the Texas Food Bank Network rating the progress of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill.
- Learn how you can support legislation to help end child hunger.