COPALIS BEACH, Wash. – Phyllis Shaughnessy’s idea to feed low-income children over the summer has expanded to a year-round program.

When she learned last year students in the Copalis Beach area would no longer receive free school lunches over the summer, she organized a volunteer food bank and hand-delivered hundreds of meals to the students.

As word spread of the efforts of her “Green Lantern Lunches,” donations started coming in from around the country.

The extra funding enabled her to provide bags of groceries to those same children every weekend, so the families won’t go hungry when the children are not at school.

“I believe it’s the right thing to do, and I like to do it,” said Shaughnessy, who next hopes to tackle the homeless problem in Grays Harbor County.

“I figure I’ve got another 25 years to go. I’m going to get it done,” said Shaughnessy.

The KIND Snacks' Foundation recognized Shaughnessy with a nationwide award for transforming her community through kindness.

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