Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Just Donated a Year’s Worth of Food to Elementary School Students in Tennessee

Jennifer “J. Lo” Lopez and her fiancé Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez just donated a year’s worth of food to Jacksboro Elementary School. Learn what the Hustlers actress eats in a day. The couple made the generous donation after reading an emotional Facebook post from teacher Brooke Goins about having to buy a student food.

In her Facebook post on Oct. 2, 2019, the teacher explained she “cried at work” because a child “so innocently talked about food, and the lack of it,” according to CNN Entertainment. “I lost it, I cried in front of 20 little people. No kid should ever be hungry, ever,” Goins wrote.

She continued, saying she sent a text to her fellow teachers who pooled their money to buy food for the student who didn’t have any at home. After the post went viral, the school started a pantry so students wouldn’t be without food. 

Story ‘brought tears’ to A-Rod and J. Lo’s eyes

When J. Lo and A-Rod read the post, they decided to make a donation. The 50-year-old multihyphenate took to Instagram to talk about her and Rodriguez’s contribution. She posted a video of her and A-Rod Facetiming some students and Goins before sharing with them the news of their donation. 

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez in 2019 at the CFDA awards
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the 2019 CFDA fashion awards | ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

“When we saw this story, it brought tears not just to my eyes, but Alex’s as well!” Lopez wrote in the caption accompanying the video. 

The pair who are part owners of Tiller & Hatch, a company that recently launched a line of healthy frozen meals designed to be cooked in an Instant Pot, according to Shape, revealed they were supplying a year’s worth of food from their new brand to the school. 

“Everyone should have access to delicious, nutritious food,” Lopez wrote in the caption. 

“This is why being a business owner, and having actual ownership in companies (not licensing), is so important to me and Alex, especially as Latinos. It’s about showing our community, this is what life can be,” she added. 

Read J. Lo’s full caption below:

“When we heard about the students and amazing teachers at Jacksboro Elementary in Tennessee, we knew we had to help.  We heard teachers were helping students bring home food when they didn’t have enough. When we saw this story, it brought tears not just to my eyes, but Alex’s as well!  I don’t know if you guys know, but Alex and I are part owners in a company called Tiller & Hatch, and we decided to donate a [sic] year’s worth [sic] of of their yummy, healthy meals, for the students and their school’s food pantry. 🍽✨ This is why being a business owner, and having actual ownership in companies (not licensing), is so important to me and Alex, especially as Latinos. It’s about showing our community, this is what life can be. You can take charge and take ownership. It allows us to have a say in creating things that make people’s lives better and have partners that share our passion for giving back. Because giving back and being there for others is really what matters most ❤️❤️❤️ We are happy to be in business with partners who also believe no child should EVER have to go to sleep hungry. Everyone should have access to delicious, nutritious food. This was my favorite moment of the month and it’s one of the best things we’ve been able to do.”

Rodriguez also shared a heartfelt post on his official Instagram account. Meals the couple donated can be found Walmart for $12 a bag. But there’s no word whether or not Tiller & Hatch have offerings for the couple’s no carb and no sugar diet.