In the first week, 4 All Kids founder Angie Ramos and her team handed out around 200 meals to students after school at Lincoln High School.
For many kids across the country, their most balanced or only meals come from school. After the school bell rings, it’s up to their families, who may not have a lot of food at home.
A Des Moines woman known for her catering business, Hot Tamale Catering, is looking to provide for both kids who could be in those situations across Des Moines and kids who just want to eat.
Cooking is something Angie Ramos has always been passionate about.
“I just had to figure out a way to make ends meet and starting cooking and it just developed,” Ramos said.
While Hot Tamale Catering is where it recently began for Ramos, her love for the kitchen helped her cook up a new plan that was inspired by children.
“When a 10-year-old little girl comes in here asking for a job and she has little siblings with her, I of course said, ‘No, I can’t hire you, but is there something I can help you with? Are you hungry? Would you like some food?'” Ramos said.
Ramos remembers the little girl saying yes and taking some food. That same little girl came back later, asking for more food for her siblings.