This woman lived in her car to volunteer at 200 food banks and prove a point about hunger

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For the past five years, Jess Kurti has been trying to finish what she dubbed the “Beast of Burden Challenge.” 

That moment finally arrives Thursday, when Kurti volunteers at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank in Virginia. The day of service, which includes distributing food boxes to elderly recipients and people with disabilities, ends her quest to volunteer at all 200 of the food banks in the Feeding America network. The domestic hunger-relief organization says that, to its knowledge, Kurti is the first person to ever accomplish this feat. 

Kurti, 47, had volunteered at her local food bank before setting out on what amounted to a years long road trip to volunteer at hundreds of them. After a period of “soul searching” that followed losing her job as a meter reader in Fort Myers, Florida, in 2012, Kurti wanted a drastic change. She recalled how good it felt to know her efforts at a food bank directly helped someone in need.  Read more…

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