I’ve been working a lot lately on the upcoming season 3 of Columbus Soup and Bread and rebranding into the official not-for-profit Souper Heroes. The not-for-profit business model is new to me and sometimes I get overwhelmed. But as we were running from errand to errand the other day, our 4-year-old Margot gave me new inspiration.
As we crossed through a familiar intersection she said, “Mom, that guy has a sign that says, I. Need. Food.” She said it just like that. She can’t read but having me as her mother has taught her that anyone standing on the side of the road with a cardboard sign could probably use lunch. I didn’t even see him. We were on our way to Sanfillipo Produce to pick up fresh lemons for my son’s lemonade stand, he only makes the good stuff, and I suggested to Margot that we get this man something to eat.
As soon as we arrived I went straight to the citrus trying to keep on schedule when Margot tapped on my leg with the largest apple you have ever seen. “Let’s get him this,” she said. Yes. Let’s.
On our way back to the intersection she held that apple with pride. We pulled up and luckily got a red light so we could stop safely. She rolled down her window and handed the man with the sign the apple. He thanked her and bit into it immediately.
This gesture is exactly why Souper Heroes will exist. One of our core values is to take Mother Teresa’s quote literally, “If you can’t feed 100 people, then just feed one.”