Back when I was a freshling graduate still oozing my way out of college, I got a job as an after-school "specialist" daycaring elementary students at the Boys & Girls Club of America.
And working there was a shock.
Because almost every single kid relied on reduced or free lunch from the school. Many of them relying on the school for almost all their nutrition, eating reduced or free meals 2-3 times a day.
At first I thought it was a local thing. The town I was working in had many low-income, immigrant families, so I figured other places were better off.
Boy was I wrong.
Because come to find out, in the midst of the corona panic, that 22 million kids across the country rely on school to feed them.
That's nearly 30% of the entire US student population.
Which means that now, while schools are closed, nearly 30% of kids are not receiving the meals they relied on before.
And in a completely twisted way, it's a silver-lining to this whole pandemic.
It's forcing us to look at shortcomings in our system that crumble when but the faintest whiff of disaster strikes.
So what's the solution?
When it comes to the long-term, I'm too dumb to know to be honest.
Well, at least while schools are shut down, we can all pitch in a little to help hungry kids and adults in need.
Which is why if you donate $50 or more to your local food pantry, and email me the receipt before this Friday April 17th at Midnight EST, I will critique 5 of your sales emails.
Which means comments on a Google doc, slight editing and rewriting of subject lines, opening sentences, and CTA's.
If that sounds like something you need, go here to find your local food shelter: