After Michelle Brenner was furloughed from her job in Washington, she decided to make herself a huge pan of lasagna. Then she got on her community Facebook page and wrote that frozen, store-bought lasagna could not compare to the real Italian homemade deal. She followed up with an offer: "If any of you want some fresh homemade, lasagna please let me know and I will gladly prepare it."
As the requests began to trickle in, she used her $1,200 stimulus check to buy ingredients. She made one for a retired neighbor, then an out-of-work friend.
Nearly three months and more than 1,000 pans later, Brenner is still at it. About eight hours a day, seven days a week, she helps feed people in her community - from hospital workers and first responders to single parents struggling without paychecks.
"I can't change the world, but I can make lasagna."
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