Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What kind of people are we, really?

In the aftermath of George Floyd's death, flames raged through the 3rd Precinct police station in Minneapolis. Neighborhood stores were ransacked and closed. School food services and public transportation were suspended across the city, affecting 970 students enrolled at Sanford Middle School. About 60% of these students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Principal Amy Nelson and her staff emailed friends and others in the community, asking for a total of 85 food kits to be donated in the school parking lot on Sunday morning. They asked for staples like cereal, bread and applies. What do you think happened next?

An hour before people were supposed to drop off donations, the loading docks were already filled with food. "There were miles of cars holding food," said Mara Bernick, family liaison for the school. "The line of cars wrapped around our city blocks." Soon the school property was covered with about 29,000 bags of groceries. By the end of the day, about 30,000 food kits were delivered, and more than 500 families and individuals were able to stock their pantries and fridges. That's who we are, really.

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