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This Man Came Up With A Great Way To Help Feed People In Need

It's called the "Blessing Box" and it's proof there is still good in the world.

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Everyone, please meet Roman Espinoza and his blessing box. Espinoza lives in Watertown, New York, and he recently built a mini food pantry on his front lawn to help feed those in need.

Espinoza recently went back to college after serving 25 years in the military. "I was working on a presentation about nutrition for a class when it hit me — there are so many students and people in my community who don't have enough food.""Everybody has a reason for doing something. I wanted to help my community," Espinoza told BuzzFeed.
Mary Espinoza

Espinoza recently went back to college after serving 25 years in the military. "I was working on a presentation about nutrition for a class when it hit me — there are so many students and people in my community who don't have enough food."

"Everybody has a reason for doing something. I wanted to help my community," Espinoza told BuzzFeed.

His solution to helping his community was to build the blessing box. He stocked the pantry with non-perishable goods, and the community rallied together to help with the rest.

"The box is for the community and sustained by the community," he said. "It's open all day, every day. Come and take whatever you want and how much you need."
Mary Espinoza

"The box is for the community and sustained by the community," he said. "It's open all day, every day. Come and take whatever you want and how much you need."

The blessing box has been such a success that Espinoza is currently building two additional boxes to put around town.

Espinoza says that the great thing about his "blessing box" model is you don't have to have cash to give back. "If you’re at the store buy an extra box of cereal and drop it off at the box."
Mary Espinoza

Espinoza says that the great thing about his "blessing box" model is you don't have to have cash to give back. "If you’re at the store buy an extra box of cereal and drop it off at the box."

And — it turns out — Espinoza isn't the only one helping out his town with mini food pantries. Lots of "blessing boxes" have been set up around different communities — like this one in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Or this one in Reedsburg, Wisconsin!

And this one in Morrilton, Arkansas.

Don't have a blessing box where you live? You can find your local food bank here.

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