Students give up lunch to help feed those in need

Chaminade Julienne students paying it forwared (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -While most students across the country were eating their lunches, students at Chaminade Julienne High School were giving up their time in the cafeteria to make a difference.

“The more you give, the more you get. I think it’s important to help people and know how blessed you are and make other people feel blessed as well,” said Claire Vaughn, a senior at Chaminade Julienne (CJ).

Students like Claire Vaughn spent their 27 minute lunch period packing 150 lunches to be taken to St. Vincent De Paul.

Vaughn says it’s her way of giving back to the community.

“I don’t play a lot of sports, that’s not my thing. So, I wanted to give back in a different way, I’m really into my faith and I thought it would be a good way to get involved,” said Vaughn,

For decades the school has spent one week out of the year helping those in need. Kelli Kinnear has been organizing the hunger and homeless awareness week since the beginning.

“It makes me want to be better and be a better person when I see out students giving from what very little they have, and it speaks a lot,” said Kinnear, CJ director of ministry and service.

Kinnear hopes that by giving a little this week, it will instill a sense of community for students well after graduation.

“I’ll take a lot of the values I’ve learned here going forward,” said Kinnear.

CJ’s Hunger and Homeless awareness week ends on Friday. If every student donates at least three dollars worth of food, they will cancel classes for a day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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