Man Uses Stimulus Check to Buy Hundreds of Hot Dogs and Burgers to Feed Neighborhood

June 30, 2020
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As many Americans fall on hard times during the coronavirus pandemic, one man is spreading good vibes and good food thanks to his stimulus check.

Ronald Kearney of Killeen, Texas used the $1,200 check he received to feed those in need.

The 61-year-old said the idea came to him after the local supermarket shut down and he saw fellow residents struggling.

The Killeen Daily Herald newspaper reports Kearney purchased hundreds of hot dogs and burgers in bulk to feed the families in his community. He handed out meals and to-go bags to anyone who stopped by.

"Everyone is going to remember this time," he told the publication. "If people act like jerks right now, everyone is going to remember it. If people are good to each other, they will remember that, too. How we act now is going to define us for the rest of our lives."

The “cook-up” was a success as Kearney handed out meals over his fence to approximately 160 families.

"I've been through hell myself so I know what it's like to hurt and I see people hurting and it drives me crazy. I got my check, I went to Walmart, and I spent that check, and I bought as much as I could buy with that check," Kearney told KCEN of his motivation.

He said how we handle ourselves and act towards others during these trying times defines us as a country.

"Right now is how we define ourselves as a country and a people. Just because we're poor doesn't mean we don't have stress. We're just like everybody else and we can help our neighbors... Don't fear each other, care for each other," he continued.

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