“He looked ashamed, hungry and broken:” Teen offers to carry groceries in exchange for food

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MEMPHIS, Tennessee – A 16-year-old boy in Tennessee is receiving an outpouring of support after he asked to help carry a man’s groceries for him in exchange for food.

Memphis resident Matt White wrote about the experience in a Facebook post that has gone viral.

White says that he was approached by a teenager while shopping for produce at Kroger.  The boy introduced himself as Chauncy Jones, and he offered to help White carry his grocery bags in exchange for a pack of glazed doughnuts.

“He looked ashamed, hungry and broken,” White said.

Jones told White he lived with his mother and this was his only chance to get food that day. White ended up buying him a few grocery bags full of food.

“All the while, we talked and he told me how he makes straight As in school and is trying to get a job to help his mom pay rent. This kid was amazing. Jones kept calling himself poor, but he told me that one day he was gonna be wealthy and own his own businesses so that he could help other people in his neighborhood and buy them groceries like me,” White said.

White gave Jones a ride home, and he saw first-hand that Jones and his mother really didn’t have anything at all – not even beds or furniture.

“As we unpacked the food into their kitchen, you could see the hope coming back into Chauncy’s eyes. He knew he wasn’t going to be hungry,” White said.

After White’s post went viral, White created a GoFundMe account with a list of things he needs, including money to pay for an ID for Jones so he can apply for jobs and money for a lawnmower so he can work by mowing people’s lawns.


  • imcrazy

    Pretty cool, instead of robbing the man he got a good deal more than a box of glazers. I wish this young man good luck in the future.

    • Clinton

      Helen, apparently the mom does some of her best work laying down but needs a bed to make her “work” more comfortable.

      • melinda

        I hope that wasn’t a serious comment. If you read the article, you understand that she has health problems. If it was a joke, shame on you for stereotyping her. I wish the best for this young man.

      • cynthia

        Clinton……………….that was uncalled for. People no matter the race have health issues to. If you would read the article and stop assuming so much then you would know and so would you Helen.

  • Shirley Brown

    I live in a suburb of Memphis and believe me when I tell you that this is truly a wonderful story when we have so much crime in Memphis. This young man needs to be commended for what he did and the man who helped him also needs to be commended for helping him and trying to keep a good kid off the streets. Don’t say hurtful things about this story. This young man’s mother may have been unable to work. You never know another person’s life. Think positive thoughts. Thank you.

    • Wendy Benson

      Shirley, it is a great story. I’m usually very cynical but this really touched me, the man took a chance and so did Chauncy.

  • Deborah Ruth Midkiff

    I literally have tears in my eyes!!! This is the kind of story that needs to be covered by our news media: people helping our fellow human beings. This has got to be one of this year’s top stories!

  • Clemenza

    One day he will be very wealthy. Not only in money but his future accomplishments. I hope he gets out of there.

  • Lizziey Terrell

    This is why I still have just a LITTLE bit of faith in the world. I clicked on the GFM link, and seeing what this world has done for this boy, for his mother….my heart swells with this. How wonderful!!!!!!!

  • Hillary is a HE-devil!!

    This kid could be teaching a LOT of teens PERIOD a lesson. I wish this kid well. At least he is willing to WORK!!

  • chuckiejohnson

    It is a beggar tactic to walk up to someone and ask to carry bags for a handout.

    This White guy sure made himself feel good as well as the other bleeding heart idiots out there. The kid’s parents supposedly can’t feed him, and now the idiot wants to buy them a house? I hope you don’t live next to this family. If they can’t buy food, they’re probably not going to take care of their property. Sell and sell fast if you see them move in and maybe you’ll get lucky and someone will buy your house.

    Do you have to disclose scumbag neighbors on real estate papers?

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