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Jada participated in the July session of the 2013 Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. She found herself impacted greatly by the Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) volunteer experience. Along with the other Youth Summit participants and community volunteers, Jada helped distribute food to over 300 families at Collins Memorial United Methodist Church. She noted that many of the clients did not have good quality bags to carry their food. Jada decided to use her Hunger Fighting Action Step to attack the need. Her goal was to collect 500 reusable bags to be donated to ACFB to use at a MFP.
With the help of her mom, sister Jasmin, who also attended the Youth Summit, and the BETA Club at her school, Milton High School, Jada accomplished her goal! She delivered the bags to the Food Bank earlier this month and also volunteered in the PRC with her family the same day.
“Providing enough bags for families to carry the food can be quite challenging, especially in areas where people don't have transportation. The donation of reusable bags will help tremendously,” said Christine Brasile, Agency Services Specialist.
Jada is a wonderful example of a Youth Summit student who continues engagement with ACFB. In addition to the bag drive and volunteering, she and her family recently attended a screening of the hunger documentary “A Place at the Table” hosted by ACFB. Jada also engages with ACFB via social media.
“I am very impressed with the great Hunger Fighting Action Step Jada completed,” said Chris Ferguson, ACFB Education and Outreach Coordinator. “She is a model for all Youth Summit students; she found an area where she had passion, made a plan and followed through. I couldn’t be more proud.”