Volunteers pack lunches for those in need

About a dozen volunteers took time out of their weekend to give back to those in need as part of a program that has gained

The Hashtag Lunchbag movement started in 2012 in California and has quickly spread throughout the country.

The Hashtag Lunchbag movement started in 2012 in California and has quickly spread throughout the country. (1/28/17)

THE BRONX - About a dozen volunteers took time out of their weekend to give back to those in need as part of a program that has gained national attention.

The Hashtag Lunchbag movement started in 2012 in California and has quickly spread throughout the country.

The Bronx group started in 2015 after Trisha Hinds saw the movement go viral on social media and felt inspired to get involved.

The group now meets once each month with the goal to pack at least 300 lunch bags to donate to local shelters.

The bags include a sandwich, a cookie, fruit and water, as well as a positive message written by hand.

One volunteer, Sharai LaPorte, tells News 12 that she believes participating in the program is a great lesson for her child, who volunteers as well.

The group plans to continue to meet every month for the rest of the year to complete a goal of distributing 3,000 lunch bags in the Bronx.

 

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