An East Texas business' sign offering free food to those in need quickly went viral.
Frank Hemani, the owner of the Star Mart gas station near Emory, Texas, began giving out a water bottle and sandwich to those who had no money and no job. He said it was the least he could do to help.
“'It's just a couple of bucks, but somebody will not go to sleep hungry. If you don't have money or a job, you can have a sandwich and a bottle of water for free,” Hemani told KLTV. The owner posted a sign to the door of his convenience store that invited anyone in need to get some free food.
“If you don’t have money or a job you can have a sandwich and a bottle of water for free,” the sign read.
“If they are hungry enough, I will feed them. If they have children, or child, I'll definitely give them something to eat,” Hemani said. Andrea Wissman, one of Hemani’s employees, said they offer a variety of sandwiches to those who are hungry.
“Then we have ham and cheese sandwiches and sometimes he throws some of our breakfast tacos in here, as a little different they can have a choice,” she said.
Hemani began giving out the sandwiches and water two months ago after he saw a video in which someone did something similar.
“It's really nice to help the community out because, there's sometimes that maybe I went hungry. I don't think the kids in this country or anywhere in the world [should have] to wait for Christmas to get ... good stuff and I think they should get it whenever they deserve,” he said. He added that he was planning to continue the kind gesture at the other stores he owns in the area.
In a similar story, an Oklahoma City store became a go-to shopping center for those on food stamps or those who were referred from a church, employer or social service agency. All of the food at the Food Resources Center is free of charge to the consumer, thanks to donations from companies as well as a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
“We're able to provide food to the near homeless,” Tom Jones, CEO of the rescue mission that operates the center, told KOCO. “Those that are the working poor. Many times they have jobs but they are making minimum wage. Then something happens in their life, like their car breaks down, and they panic because they don't have any savings."