This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Foodsharing. For more backstory on Steve and Suellen, please listen to their interview with NPR Marketplace. To learn more about them and Meals by Grace, please visit their website.
It was November of 2010, and Suellen Daniels was volunteering atthe annual Fall Family Day hosted by Grace Chapel Church of Christ in Cumming, Georgia. Like most festivals, this one had bouncy houses, concessions and facepainting. But, beyond the fun, some essential needs were being met. Clothing, blankets and food boxes had been prepared for 50 of Forsyth County’s poorest families to take back home. Suellen was puzzled when the festival ended and 18 food boxes remained. Two weeks later, when the volunteer coordinator for the county came to the church to thank the volunteers, she found out why those boxes never got picked up. “He told us that while it’s true Forsyth County is still very wealthy, there are some serious pockets of poverty,” said Suellen. “If we were wondering why some of the families didn’t show up, it was because they didn’t have the transportation to get to the event and pick up the things people wanted to give them. And he said there are thousands of children here who go to bed hungry every night.”