It’s not just about offering a slice of pizza.
It’s about the bonding over that slice of pizza that will ultimately make a difference in their lives.
Darnell Hinton’s true goal is to get the homeless of Kensington off the streets and away from the drugs that landed them there.
It’s a painstakingly slow process he calls Teach One Feed One that started off less than a month ago with the pizza he and the others in his group deliver from Norristown to Kensingon every Sunday afternoon, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.
Why pizza? Specifically, Little Caesars Pizza?
“Everybody likes pizza. It’s something that’s cost effective. You spend five bucks, you get eight slices and you can at least give eight people one slice,” said the Norristown native, who is in the process of growing his Facebook page Teach One Feed One.
“We’re a nonprofit. We meet every Sunday and go into the Kensington section of Philadelphia and bring as much food and buy as many pizzas as we possibly can. We bring water and care packages, and we hand it all out to the homeless and the people who are stranded out there.”
The first week the group collected eight pizzas, Hinton said.
The week after that we actually doubled it and were able to get 16 pies and four or five cases of water. We also gave out about 25 CARE packages that were personally prepared by someone who came with us. It’s all through donations from people who are seeing what I’m doing and are contributing and donating money to us. I had been just driving around collecting money from people but now I’ve got the Facebook page up and running and people are donating through apps. I’ve raised over $400 for this Sunday. This week coming up will be the best week we’ve had yet. I’m going to be able to feed a lot of people this week. We were able to feed over 200 people last week and this week we’re going to double that. The fact that there are 200 homeless people to feed,” Hinton added, “gives you an idea what kind of area that is. I don’t think a lot of people understand that.”
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