Millions of people in the United States live in poverty, so can’t always keep their bellies full. According to Feeding America, over 37 million citizens “struggled with hunger” in 2018. Sadly, over 11 million of them were kids.
One pizza establishment in Fargo, North Dakota realized homeless people were digging through their trash in search of leftovers. But instead of turning a blind eye to the situation – they decided to do something about it!
It’s hard to imagine not knowing where your next meal is going to come from. Yet, it’s the harsh reality for many – who sometimes have to resort to other food options that perhaps aren’t so “appetizing.”
Some of the homeless in Fargo would open up a dumpster at a local Little Caesars restaurant, hoping to find leftover pizza.
The owner of the store didn’t believe it should continue on. So, they typed up a note to whoever was rummaging in the garbage at night, then taped it to the window.
It’s a sign that went viral.
While some owners might have scolded the homeless people for going through their dumpsters, this note was full of heart.
“To the person going through our trash for their next meal, You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster.”
The letter gets even more amazing. Instead of the people eating scraps – the restaurant wanted them to come inside for a fresh meal.
“Please come in during operating hours for a couple of slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”
The touching sign caught the attention of many customers.
Rachel Nistler shared a photo of the sign on Twitter and captioned it:
“Very impressed with @littlecaesars in North Fargo”
Twitter users responded with comments like:
“This made my heart happy… and a tear to my eye… It gives me hope for our future and the future of humanity.”
“Management & staff in North #Fargo. We need more light & love in the world. Thanks for providing some.”
— Rachel Nistler (@RachelNistler) August 27, 2017
It’s a location that’s overflowing with kindness.
The general manager, Michelle Lussier, is used to seeing struggling customers in her shop. However, she doesn’t make them feel ashamed when they pay in change.
Michelle told Valley News Live:
“I do have people that unfortunately come in with change, and they’re embarrassed. And I just tell them, ‘You don’t have to be embarrassed. This is helping you feed your family!'”
During her interview, Michelle expressed that she didn’t want anybody to be embarrassed about being hungry either.
“Don’t feel embarrassed if you’re hungry and you don’t want to do what others do – you know stand on the corner for handouts. You feel down about that, you’re more than welcome to come here and grab a couple slices.”
That’s not all this Little Caesars store does to help feed the homeless in their area.
Valley News Live reported that they also donate their leftover pizza to food pantries. In addition to that, there is a charity box set on their counter so that customers can donate to the cause if they like too.
It’s no wonder this kind note went viral. Press play on the video below to see the interview with Manager Michelle for yourself!
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