A parent's plea for food for her children during the Christmas break was the trigger that set off elementary teacher Turquoise LeJeune Parker's movement that now feeds thousands of children. When she received the request in 2015, Parker texted everyone she knew to raise donations for food for a bag of non-perishables for all the 22 children in her class. That program has grown year on year and she now raises more than $55,000 to serve 5200 students with a two-week supply of food including cereal, bread, canned food and fruit and vegetables. "Through [Parker's] efforts, our food-insecure students have access to food when schools are closed for the holidays. She is their lifeline," Pascal Mubenga, superintendent of Durham Public Schools in North Carolina, U.S.

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