Woman passes out 250 sack lunches to Austin homeless

Sack lunches to be handed out to the homeless on Nov. 25, 2016 (KXAN Photo)
Sack lunches to be handed out to the homeless on Nov. 25, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Jessica Hunek is hard at work inside her tiny kitchen in Downtown Austin. She cleaned lettuce, cut tomatoes and sorted turkey and ham for sandwiches. “We are making them one by one,” said Hunek smiling “hand by hand.”

Hunek is packing 250 sack lunches for Austin’s homeless. Besides the sandwiches also included: a piece of fruit, pretzels, a breakfast bar and water. “They are in an odd way my neighbors,” said Hunek as she made the bags “I kind of wanna get to them now and just make a small dent in someone’s life.”

Hunek, 24, just celebrated a birthday and instead of presents she asked for donations so she could make the lunches. Hunek raised $700 in two days.Big sister, Anetta Paver and two students Jessica mentors were among her helpers on this Friday after Thanksgiving. “Everybody else is probably laying around and eating

Big sister, Anetta Paver and two students Jessica mentors were among her helpers on the Friday after Thanksgiving. “Everybody else is probably laying around and eating left overs, and what not, and staying home and watching movies and here she is working,” said Anetta Paver. “I’m really proud.”

The group walked block to block around downtown handing out the lunches. Jeana Tibbs was among the first to get a bag and said she’s been on the streets for years, “I thought it was wonderful! I thought it was a beautiful gesture and the sandwich was great… a blessing.”

Jessica walked away saying she felt humbled. Since she moved to downtown a few months ago she says it’s hard to miss her new neighbors so she decided it was time to meet them. Jessica says the money that she didn’t use for the sack lunches will be donated to Mission Possible, where she volunteers by mentoring students.

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