Virginia Woman Hopes To Feed 30K People By Her 30th Birthday

News & Views | 09/22/2016 | 02:21 PM EDT

 (Photo: Lauren Puryear via Twitter)

Lauren Puryear is using coupons to help reach her goal by September 2017.

Lauren Puryear is putting her extreme couponing to good use.


The 29-year-old Woodbridge, Virginia resident has set a goal to deliver 30,000 meals to people who are hungry and homeless before her 30th birthday next September 14. She said she is using coupons to buy as much food as possible for the least amount of money.


"My first couponing experience ever was canned vegetables," Puryear told ABC News. "I was able to get them for four cents a can at Dollar General so I bought 420 cans and I added chicken and rice to that meal. I figured if I could coupon for the vegetables I could coupon for everything.”


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Puryear, who works with adults who have mental health issues, said she began feeding homeless people in 2012 after her grandmother died. It was her hope to continue her grandmother’s legacy of helping the community, so she started her own organization called For the Love of Others where she delivers food in her local area.


Puryear revealed she spends anywhere from five to 10 hours a week cutting coupons and shopping for food, but she gets plenty of help from her family and friends.


To date, Puryear has fed 5,572 people and her next major delivery will be in Washington D.C. in October, where she plans to feed 1,200 people.

"Just knowing that we’re making a difference in someone’s life, that’s the most rewarding thing and what keeps me going," she said.

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