Student Leaders Pack Food for Classmates

Posted at: 10/24/2013 7:48 PM
Updated at: 10/24/2013 7:55 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Even here in the nation's bread-basket, people are going hungry.

On Thursday an Austin group took steps to help those who might not have enough to eat.

It’s help that comes from tomorrow's leaders.

"If you want to help out the community, you should get involved in something," said Ellis Middle School eighth grader Lauryn Bell.

Sometimes, changing the world happens one Dinty Moore at a time.

"We're going to pack backpacks for kids that don't necessarily have enough food to nourish them over the weekend," Lauryn Bell told us.

It’s a project of the National Junior Honor Society and the "job skills" kids at Ellis.

"We just do fruit, vegetable," NJHS member Isaac Christopherson told us.

"Granola bars and snacks that they can have after their mea,l" added member Lauryn Bell.

“Anything that is filling and also healthy," said Isaac Christopherson.

"Instead of people going home and eating a whole bunch of junk food," Lauryn Bell told us.

“So basically their food will provide for them over the weekend so then they can come back nourished," said NJHS president Lydia Morey.

"There are many kids in our own school who we know have been without food many times over the weekend," said Ellis eighth grader Isaac Christopherson.

But thanks to the efforts of the middle school assembly line … "around 50 backpacks", Lydia Morey told us …  some of those kids can look forward to nutritious meals this weekend

"I think it just helps everybody when you just get involved," said Ellis NJHS member Isaac Christopherson. “Small things really do add up."