Grabbing the attention of both Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez was a blessing in disguise for this Tennessee elementary school. Now the school doesn’t need to worry about when their next meal is going to be.
The school received a year’s worth of food after a viral post was uploaded by one teacher. The post showed how one of her students often goes hungry. The couple wasted no time and donated to Jacksboro Elementary School’s food pantry by contributing meals from their new company, Tiller & Hatch.
Brooke Goins, a teacher at Jacksboro Elementary, first shared the students’ story on October 2 with a Facebook post. She explained how she was brought to tears after hearing the student’s household had no food and was starving when they arrived at school.
“Today I cried at work. Not because I hate my job, or that it is just too hard (it really is). Today I cried for a child, a child who so innocently talked about food, and the lack of it. He asked when the lady that puts food in his backpack was coming,” she wrote. “He told me he was out of it at home and needed more … No kid should ever be hungry, ever.”
Lopez heard about the teachers’ efforts and she knew she needed to help. She posted on her Instagram, “We heard teachers were helping students bring home food when they didn’t have enough. When we saw this story, it brought tears not just to my eyes, but Alex’s as well!” she shared. “No child should EVER have to go to sleep hungry.”
Tiller & Hatch sells affordable frozen meals like Santa Fe style pasta and chicken tortilla stew designed to be made in an electric pressure cooker. It’s available online and at Walmart. In her post, Lopez wrote that being involved with the company was important to her and Rodriguez because it allows them to “[show] our community, this is what life can be.”
“Everyone should have access to delicious, nutritious food,” she shared. “This was my favorite moment of the month and it’s one of the best things we’ve been able to do.”