Lateeta Jones and Latonya Taylor recently put their love for couponing to work for a good cause.
The end result was a table full of a wide variety of food items that were donated to the Zebulon United Methodist Church food pantry on Friday, March 21.
The challenge was to see how far Jones and Taylor, who own Zebulon-based mental health service Jones Outreach, could stretch $100 on food items using coupons.
The project originated through a local community service organization called SHARE, a group Jones and Taylor helped form which partners with other local services, churches and non-profits on a variety of good deeds. The group came together to put on a couponing class at Jones Outreach in December, and organizers decided the challenge for Jones and Taylor would be a good example of what was being taught.
It met a local need at the same time.
“We noticed with some of the food stamp cuts that a lot of the local food pantries were hit hard,” said Roger Brantley, also a SHARE co-founder.
The $100 was raised by way of an outreach email account used by the group to coordinate and help spread the word on projects.
“We have a lot of services here in Wendell and Zebulon but nobody knows about them,” Brantley said. “If you don’t know about it, you don’t know where to turn. We gather all this information so we can get it out.”
Jones and Taylor purchased about 120 food items from several different stores for just under the $100 limit. In true couponer fashion, they said they could have gotten more but were glad to be able to put their skills to good use.
“All we want to do is continue to give back to the community because when we were in need there was always someone there to do that for us,” Taylor said.
Jones and Taylor plan to lead a couponing session at a Zebulon United Methodist community event slated for April 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will feature a wide range of topics, including smart shopping, banking, housing and senior resources.