Difference Makers: Grocery Manager Donates Stimulus Check

When Shanna Fein heard she was going to receive a $1,200 stimulus check from the government, she knew exactly what she wanted to do with it.

"I immediately had the reaction of 'Is there a way to opt out of that?'" Fein said.

She quickly realized that wasn’t an option. As a full-time manager of the Lucky supermarket location in Union City, she knew others who’ve been laid off from work would most certainly need the money more than her.

"I work at an essential job right now, so I still have an income," Fein told KCBS Radio. "I know there are lots of people out there who are not in that situation."

So, she decided to donate her check to feed children at nearby Alvarado Elementary School in Union City.

"With so many people out of work and kids out of school, maybe not having access to those meals, I felt that was the best use of the money," Fein said.

Fein coordinated her donation with a school employee, who in turn gave her a list of groceries that families were in most need of.

"Instead of just giving them money directly and them having to do the shopping, I had requested a list of what their priority needs were, then I used my stimulus check to purchase off that list," Fein explained.

Coming from a family of givers - her dad a retired fire captain and mom a retired teacher - she knew it was the right thing to do. Now, Fein is hoping her small gesture can help inspire others to give back in some way during these times of uncertainty.

"I feel with all my heart that those of us who have access to resources that it’s our responsibility to pay it forward to those people in our society who don’t have that," Fein said. 

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