Zachary teachers raise money to feed frontline heroes


Credit: Zachary Support from Afar

ZACHARY, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – This time last year, Chloe McCleary and Annie Freeman were inside a classroom at Zachary High School teaching.

“This is tough time not being able to see our kids,” McCleary says.

When COVID-19 shut down campus, they didn’t get the chance to say goodbye.

“The thought of not being able to go back even after this to say goodbye and bring in summer has been tricky.”

Freeman and McCleary see their students on zoom for lessons, but after that there hasn’t been much contact. Freeman says not seeing her kids left behind a void, so she and McCleary got creative to fill it.

They started the ‘Zachary Support from Afar’ Campaign. The idea is to keep local restaurants in business and keep first responders fed during the outbreak. Every Wednesday, the two teachers find a restaurant to cook and deliver the food to Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary fire department, Zachary police station, EMS & Zachary pharmacies.

Feeding an entire work force doesn’t come cheap. Freeman and Mccleary rely on community dollars to pay for the food. The initial goal was to get $400 dollars in donations, but now that number is up to $4,000 dollars. The ‘Zachary Support from Afar’ campaign serves food every Wednesday. If you’d like to donate head to the feed the workers Facebook page and click the link.

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