In 2017 the goals were just as high as ever and the generosity of the community rose to met the challenge. With 10 grocery stores staffed on April 22, 2017 by over 160 volunteers we made a big dent in childhood hunger in our area. This drive generated 10,000 pounds of food and $10,420 to benefit the BackPack Buddies program that is run by The Interfaith Food Shuttle. Every year the Backpack Buddies program packs over 450,000 meals for kids who don’t have enough to eat on te weekends when they cannot rely on school breakfast and lunch.
2016 was the food drive that we went in with high hopes from a successful year with $11,000 and 10,000lbs. from 2015. we even made a kit for other kids and adults who wanted to start their own food drive. We had 10 stores that we worked with. We had a goal of $10,000 and 10,000 lbs. of food. we were disappointed that we did not raise as much as we did last year. We did not get discouraged and we kept going to 2017.
In 2015,William (9) with the help of his brother Alexander (5) decided it was time to ramp things up and expand to 10 stores. With over 150 volunteers the Food Drive Kids put together a plan to have kids and their parents stand outside of those 10 grocery stores for one day in April and ask people to buy food from their list and donate it on their way out. They received a grand from the National Peanut Board and Youth Service America to get things rolling, and with the donation of a 24 foot Penske truck they collected 9,000 pounds of food and donated $11,000 to the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Backpack buddies program.
After my succuss I decided to try it again. That year was the year when I wanted to expand to more than 1 store, so we had 4 participating stores and 60 volunteers help us. During that food drive we colected 4,000 pounds of food and $7,000 to help the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program. That was the next sparck to start the fire. It was then that I realized that I could really inspire people to help others and really make a difference, and it may be possible to end childhood hunger.
-William Winslow, Founder
In the spring of 2013 a first grader named William came to his parents and told him that he hadn’t been sleeping well. When he was asked why he told his parents that he was really worried about some of the kids at his school. The kids to whom he was referring were the children who received food each week from his school’s Backpack Buddies program. This program sends backpacks of food home each weekend with children who are identified as being “food disadvantaged.” This is supposed to feed them until they can get back to school to receive free breakfast and lunch. William said that spring break was coming up and he didn’t think 1 backpack of food would be enough to feed them over the extended break, and he wanted to do something about it. When his parents asked him what he wanted to do he put together a week long food drive that enlisted help from his favorite Mexican restaurant and local grocery store. By the end of the week, even though William didn’t seem surprised at all, his parents were astonished. His plan had raised 1400 pounds of food and $310 in cash for his schools program. Because of this extra backpacks were sent home in the weeks leading up to spring break so that none of the kids went hungry.