A woman from New Jersey is using couponing and food vouchers in the best way possible… to feed people in her community who are in need.
Lauren Puryear, 29, is a mental health clinician and has been spending years helping to feed the hungry but her ultimate goal was to deliver 30,000 meals to people in need by her 30th birthday.
With her 30th just days away, Puryear has already doubled that goal and doesn’t seem to be slowing down!
In 2012, Puryear started For The Love of Others, which aims to assist people of all backgrounds “through providing opportunities to enable them to live a purposeful life”.
She told NJ.com she has been inspired to help others through her grandmother, who died four years ago.
Puryear, a Woodbridge, New Jersey, resident who is a mental health clinician, has been spending years of her time helping to feed the hungry. She started buying food in bulk from stores such as Costco to feed those in need, but felt she wasn’t reaching enough people.
So, when someone told her about couponing, she quickly realized she could use this old pastime to reach not hundreds, but tens of thousands of hungry people.
“I started couponing for food items like spaghetti, meatballs, and I was (often) able to get the items for free or for little to no money,” Puryear said.
She said she could provide food for up to 150 people with as little as $20 using coupons, depending on the food.
It requires going to specific stores and buying certain items, but Puryear said it’s an easy process once you get the hang of it, and it has enabled her to expand her giving to thousands more people.
Puryear told NJ.com her goal is to feed 30,000 people by her 30th birthday. She has already fed 5,000.
“It is very important to teach him to help other people,” she said. “The little things we take for granted, the food we throw away every day … and if we just spread a little more love around, the world would be such a better place.”
For more information on “For The Love Of Others”, click here.