Liam’s Lunches of Love
Liam Hannon was 10 when he started handing out free lunches to people who were hungry. He and his family made 20 sandwiches, put them in brown paper bags he’d decorated, added a bottle of water and a granola bar, and gave them away.
Liam is now 14 and his project is still going strong. With help from his friends and other supporters, he hands out 75 to 100 lunches three times a month.
How did you get started?
Four summers ago, I didn’t want to go to camp. My dad said, “You can’t stay home doing nothing,” So I did an online treasure-hunt program where you do academic challenges to move forward. I picked service as a subject.
The first week, the challenge said to do something to help people who are experiencing homelessness. I said, “Dad, there are people outside our building who are hungry. Why don’t we make them lunch?” We made PB&Js and went out with a wagon. The lunches went pretty quickly.
What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
I’d say meeting the people. They’re genuine people who just need a little kindness in their lives.
What would you tell other kids who want to make a difference?
Do something you enjoy. Then you’ll be more inspired to help. And get your friends and family involved. I invite friends to help with lunches, and almost every time, they’ve come and given out lunches with me and my dad.