These days, it seems as if it’s hard to scroll through newsfeeds or watch TV without feeling overwhelmed by a surplus of negative content. Of course, there are sad things happening around the world at any given moment, but because of its heightened coverage in the news and on social media, we often forget that good things are happening all around us too.
Here at The Daily Meal, we cover a lot of product launches, pop culture news, food poisoning outbreaks, recalls and so forth, but from time to time we have the opportunity to share stories about people doing well by others. Take for example Dalton Shaffer, an 18-year-old pizzeria manager, who drove an epic three and a half hours to deliver a dying man his favorite pizza at 2:30 in the morning. Then, he simply turned around and made the trek back home because he had to work the next morning.
People like this give us faith in humanity. They remind us that there’s still love left in the world, whether the act of kindness was performed by an individual or big corporate company. After reading these anecdotes from the last couple years, we hope you can find it in your heart to pay it forward and do something nice for someone today, big or small. Without further ado, we give to you the most inspiring food-related stories.
An employee at Brazilian fast food restaurant Giraffas was videoed feeding a disabled customer who was unable use his arms to cut and lift a fork to his mouth. To read the full story, click here.
After a man went viral for biting his Kit Kat bar a super-weird way, he proposed to his girlfriend with a ring inside a 3D-printed version of the candy. To read the full story, click here.
A barista in Winston-Salem, North Carolina called her manager in tears at 4:30 a.m. because she couldn’t find anyone to watch her baby, so she brought the infant into work at Starbucks. Soon after their arrival, two regulars, who also happened to be state troopers, came in and briefly cared for the child so her mother could work. To read the full story, click here.
Eunice Modlin, a 102-year-old woman from Boonville, Indiana, says the key to living a long life is eating two pieces of dark chocolate and taking a nap every day. To read the full story, click here.
Bob Williams, a 93-year-old man from Long Grove, Iowa, has been making strangers smile for the past 10 years by handing out Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars every week. Locals call him “The Candy Man.” To read the full story, click here.
A Chick-fil-A regular known as “Mr. Steve” was feeling very grateful when the chain gifted him free food for the rest of his life on his 100th birthday, which was celebrated at his local outpost in Oldsmar, Florida. To read the full story, click here.
Singer John Legend and ballet queen Misty Copeland came together to help give fresh produce to communities in need — and the age-old shopping cart dance was involved. To read the full story, click here.
Friends of “Top Chef” contestant Fatima Ali started a GoFundMe after she was told she had just one year to live due to an aggressive type of cancer. The money would help her afford her dream of traveling and eating around the world. To read the full story, click here.
To help fight hunger in America, the Salvation Army vowed to open grocery stores in food deserts to bring nutritious, low-cost food to people who might otherwise have difficulty affording or accessing it. To read the full story, click here.
Although they only needed 50 stand-ins, Billy Earl Dade Middle School had 600 male volunteers show up for its “Breakfast With Dads Day” event to dine with students without father figures. To read the full story, click here.
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Dalton Shaffer, the 18-year-old manager of Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, Michigan, drove an epic three and a half hours to deliver a pepperoni and mushroom pizza to a man with terminal cancer at 2:30 in the morning. To read the full story, click here.
An elementary school cafeteria worker in Virginia Beach, Virginia, went viral for writing inspiring messages on students’ bananas. Some of her messages included “You are loved,” “Follow your dreams” and “It isn’t where you come from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” To read the full story, click here.
John Legend donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe page created to erase Seattle school district lunch debt after seeing the campaign on Twitter. To read the full story, click here.
A knitting club at a retirement home near Boston set out to keep chickens warm during the colder months with stylish and colorful sweaters. To read the full story, click here.
Ellie Walker, a grocery store worker at Sainsbury’s in Leeds, England, treated one of her favorite customers to dinner over the holidays. To read the full story, click here.
Hiroe Tanaka was struggling with her restaurant when she miraculously found her late father’s handwritten recipe for his signature meat skewers. Using the recipe, Tanaka opened up a shop that went viral, eventually building an $82 million business. To read the full story, click here.
Travis Rudolph, at the time a wide receiver for the Florida State University football team, made headlines in 2016 when he visited a middle school in Tallahassee and befriended Bo Paske, a boy with autism who typically spent lunches alone in the cafeteria. But the story doesn’t end there — a year later, Rudolph was selected in the NFL draft. To read the full story, click here.
A photographer captured her grandmother’s 90th birthday with a photo shoot of her wearing a tiara and delightfully destroying her red velvet birthday cake. To read the full story, click here. We can only hope that there are just as many (if not more) reasons to feel inspired next year. To keep the positive energy flowing at full capacity, we could all benefit from these 15 nice things you need to say more often.
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