Woman Uses Couponing to Feed Thousands

Helen H., Staff Writer

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Lauren Puryear has set a goal of delivering 30,000 meals to people in need by her 30th birthday of next September. The Virginia resident’s dream was sparked when her grandmother passed away. Determined to maintain her grandmother’s legacy, Puryear founded the organization, For the Love of Others, to aid and supply opportunities for people in need. Puryear’s foundation has delivered food to the homeless in Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.. She discovered that couponing was the key to quickly and easily reaching thousands of hungry people.

Puryear began her feat by buying food in bulk from stores and online stores, but figured that it wasn’t enough. When told about couponing, she immediately adopted the method; she estimated that by using coupons, she could feed about 150 people with just $20. “I started couponing for food items like spaghetti and meatballs,” she tells NJ.com, “I was often able to get the items for free or for little to no money.”

In an interview with ABC News, Puryear explained that she’d spend five to ten hours a week scouring for useful coupons. With the help of family and friends, she’d buy and transport the food. “Just knowing that we’re making a difference in someone’s life, that’s the most rewarding thing and what keeps me going,” she expressed. Puryear has already delivered 5,000 meals and is optimistic about reaching her goal.

“The little things we take for granted, the food we throw away every day,” she voiced, “if we just spread a little more love around, the world would be such a better place.”

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