This is 29-year-old Lauren Puryear, a single mother who lives in Woodridge, New Jersey.
Back in 2012, Lauren founded an organization called For The Love Of Others.
The mental health clinician, inspired by her grandmother, who passed away four years ago, has dedicated her life to feeding the needy through the organization.
Lauren has been spending most of her time helping to feed the hungry and is hoping to reach 30,000 people in need by her 30th birthday next year.
Lauren’s five-year-old son even helps her, bringing meals to people in New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and in Baltimore.
She wants to reach more people, but although she had been buying food in bulk, it wasn’t enough.
Until a friend of hers mentioned that couponing could help her get more food for less money, so Lauren gave it a go.
“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,” she explained. “If done correctly, she said she can feed as many as 150 people on just $20, depending on the items.”
She said couponing can be pretty annoying, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it.
“There are coupons in the Sunday paper, or online that you can print. I collect as many as I can, match them to the store and that is how I am able to get the items for free,”
So far, she has delivered 5,000 meals. She’s confident she will reach her goal by next year.
Lauren emphasizes the importance of helping other people and said, “The little things we take for granted, the food we throw away every day …; if we just spread a little more love around, the world would be such a better place.”