THOMAS BARLAS Staff Writer
Lauren Puryear literally took her quest to feed the hungry to the extreme.
The thousands of coupons she has clipped, along with others donated to her cause, are paying off, primarily in urban centers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Coupons have helped the 29-year-old Virginia resident and New Jersey native from Union County put together 26,000 meals since September, at an estimated cost of $500. An additional 5,000 meals were served with the help of money and food donations.
“We were paying out of our own pockets, and (food and money) donations weren’t enough,” Puryear said of her organization, For the Love of Others. “Then I was introduced to couponing.”
Poverty rates for Baltimore and the nation’s capital are 24 percent and 18 percent, respectively, according to the Census Bureau.
Atlantic City’s poverty rate is higher — about 33 percent in 2015. The rate is much higher for families with children younger than 18 — about 45 percent.