It began a dozen years ago when George Benner would return home from the grocery store with his son, Oliver. Before they could reach their apartment within the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development in South Boston, they would be greeted by Oliver’s friends. Benner would encourage the kids to look through the bags. He would invite them to help themselves.
“A couple of little kids would look and see something, and we just started letting them eat right out of the bags, whatever they wanted,” says Benner, who graduated from Northeastern with a degree in criminal justice in 2001. “These guys were hungry. So we started the feeding program.”