MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) — The children place stencils on their brand new lemonade stand. It needs a few finishing touches before opening day.
Carter Moore says the fifth year for the event will be the best and biggest yet.
“I feel like some people don’t make enough money that they’re supposed to, so it’s kind of unfair,” the eight-year-old thoughtfully says, sitting on the front steps of his Midlothian home. “So I thought raising money for people would be very nice.”
Carter and his mom Amanda Moore started the annual lemonade stand to benefit FeedMore after a breakfast table chat in 2013 turned into a lesson about hunger in our community.
“He said he would like to give food to people who don’t have any food,” Amanda remembers. “So we started brainstorming on how we could do that.”
The lemonade stand has grown over the years and now runs with the help of Carter’s sisters and neighborhood friends.
“Lots of people do them for themselves,” Carter says about lemonade stands. “But I wanted to help other people.”
In addition to lemonade, the kids sell baked goods, hold a canned food drive and accept monetary donations.
The children have had a chance to tour FeedMore to see where the money they raise goes.
Amanda says learning more about the Backpack Program, which provides food to children over weekends and school breaks, was especially impactful.
“They were envisioning adults needing food and not necessarily people who are their exact same age who don’t have three hot meals a day, so that really helped drive the point home,” she remembers.
FeedMore can turn every dollar raised into five meals. In the first four years, FeedMore says this effort has provided almost 3,000 meals to neighbors in need.
“It’s really cool how many meals that we make,” says Carter.
It is an activity for the children that teaches a lesson about hunger that carries on well beyond summer.
“It’s become a tradition. It’s really fun,” says Amanda.
The 5th annual lemonade stand to benefit FeedMore is Monday, July 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Charter Landing Drive in Midlothian.