Sixth grader takes action to help feed the hungry

Anna Hibbs of Rockwall arrives at Helping Hands with a truckload of donations for the food pantry.

(ROCKWALL-May 7, 2013) Anna Hibbs, a sixth grader in Christine Roach’s class at Grace Hartman Elementary School, recently collected and delivered more than 700 pounds of canned goods, flour, sugar, oil, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats and Hamburger Helper to Rockwall County Helping Hands

“While researching on the internet, I learned that one out of every six people in the world are starving, and that made me sad,” said Anna. “For my sixth grade community service project, I decided to do what I can to help fill our local food pantry. I know that if we all work together, we can make a difference in others’ lives.”

Anna Hibbs with Jeremy Shanks, manager of Brookshires at Ridge Road Shopping Center.

Jeremy Shanks, manager at Brookshires in Rockwall, allowed Anna to set up a collection area in the store, where donors contributed to the cause. Anna also collected $385 in cash donations, which she used to purchase food items for the pantry.

Anna Hibbs (far left) and her mother, Tracie, talk with Helping Hands Food Pantry Manager Marsha Chapman (right) about the number of local families in need that are served by the critical assistance agency.

“What Anna is doing makes a huge difference,” said Marsha Chapman, the food pantry manager. “In July and August our shelves are bare. Anna called ahead to ask what items we needed most, and then she delivered in a big way.”

Chapman added that every day at Helping Hands, she is visited by at least one or two people that have lost a job.

“Daily I speak to someone who has lost everything,” she said.

Anna and Tracie Hibbs unload more than 700 pounds of food donations.

The pantry sees about 20 clients per day, among them many senior citizens needing Boost and Ensure, she said.

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