Every second Wednesday of the month for the past 10 years, you could find Brad Brown and Michael Griego in a church parking lot feeding their Martineztown neighbors.
KRQE News 13 has been following their story since the beginning, including this week when they said it was time to move on after helping more than 30,000 neighbors.
This past Wednesday, 144 people all took home about 60 pounds of free groceries.
“So, Brad and Mike over the 10 years on this corner have served almost 500,000 meals,” said Alissa Barnes with Roadrunner Food Bank.
It started back in 2008 when Brad Brown gave Michael Griego a unique birthday gift. Instead of a gym membership, he gave the money to Roadrunner Food Bank after a knock on their door.
“A person came to our door and asked if he could sell his shoes to buy food for his wife and baby. I thought, something has to be done,” Brown said.
They were one of the first to take part in Roadrunner’s mobile food pantries.
Griego, a teacher at Our Lady of Annunciation Catholic School, has been bringing his students to volunteer.
“This is the best thing that happened to all of us,” neighbor Irene Perea said.
“They’re like family. Saying goodbye is hard,” Griego said.
This is the last food bank for Michael Griego and Brad Brown, who say there are now many resources for their neighbors. But they hope their message reaches others.
“Neighbors helping neighbors. The power of kids. Anyone can make a difference,” Brown said.
Griego and Brown still plan to volunteer and help the elderly.
There’s now more than 200 mobile food pantries held every month across the state.
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