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Jasmine Sidhu (pictured, on left), freshman at DeBakey High School for Health Professions, donated $500 worth of food items after tutoring a middle school student this summer. Here she's pictured with Janice Guirola (on right), client intake for ECHOS.
Covid-19 has brought a lot of devastation to many families across the world. People have lost their jobs, can’t pay rent, and are grappling with how to put food on the table. In order to alleviate the pain this pandemic is causing, I made an effort to help hungry families.
After the 2019-2020 school year ended, I had an opportunity to tutor math. I took advantage of this opportunity and was excited to teach mathematics to a middle school student through Zoom. The summer continued and so did the suffering due to the pandemic.
Local food banks and community services were asking for donations to accommodate the growing demand. I decided that this was a way I could do my part. On Friday, Aug. 28, after 55 hours of online tutoring overall , I went to the grocery store with my parents. Together, we bought nutritious and organic food with my tutoring savings.
After choosing foods we thought could most benefit families during this time, we drove to ECHOS, Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services. We followed social distancing guidelines and were able to donate the food. They appreciated our efforts and thanked us for our help. They enforced the need for food by telling us about the long queue of people who gather there to find comfort and how every effort makes a difference.