Following in Mother Teresa’s Footsteps, Mom Feeds Kids in Poverty

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Champale Anderson is a health care provider and mother of six. She has been feeding kids in her north St. Louis neighborhood for five years.

“I was noticing how the kids they are always hungry,” said Champale, who has an open-door policy on school days for kids in the community.

The can knock on her door before and after school, and she’ll hand them a snack for breakfast, and lunch.

“They get off the bus and they take off running. They never know what I will have in the bag. I switch it up like special treats for my special babies.”

The bags are filled with goodies that  many kids love to eat, like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies, fruit, vegetables, juice, snacks, and a few surprises. 

On a mission to feed kids in her community who live in poverty and who sometimes may go hungry, Champale is helping many kids in need. 

“It makes me proud, and I want to keep going. I want to go to different neighborhoods and give out bags.” 

What makes this act of kindness so impressive is that Champale makes about 100 bags a day, and pours so much love into each one to make it possible.

“I do a hundred bags every day, sometimes a little more for the kids that’s coming extra. Their parents bring them over here to get the bags, and I’m going to start doing extra bags now. Maybe about 150,” she said.

Outside her home sit a sign that reads, ‘Champ Teardrop’s: Free snack anytime, and donations welcome.’

Inside Champale’s home, a cross sits in the center of her table where she prepares the snacks.

Champale says she lives by a quote by Mother Teresa: “I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” 

There is also a GoFundMe campaign running for Champale’s lunch program.