She stood 6 feet away from me to pick up free meals for her children.

“I have 7 children, 4 preschool-aged and 3 school-age,” she said. She made the distinction, because typically we only feed the preschool-aged children in the home unless it is summer or a school holiday.  Of course, right now during the Corona Crisis we are feeding every child in the home.

I loaded her car with 2 gallons of milk, a bag of apples, several bunches of bananas, a bag of pasta and canned goods and 5 days of meals for her children. I could see the look of relief on her face.  I lost count of how many times she said thank you.

Are you still taking donations?” she asked.

It was an unusual question coming from one of our parents, so I was caught off-guard at first.

Yes, always” I smiled.

She nodded, “Ok, I want to donate to help another family.

On the table next to her she put down some neatly folded money, smiled and left.

I looked down at the table and saw she had left $2. The exact amount needed to make and deliver a meal to a hungry child.