When 12-year-old Matthew King hoped to earn the Citizenship in the Community merit badge for his Boy ScoutsÂ troop, he knew exactly how he would achieve itâ€”through a food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
King has been a scout with Troop 248 since itâ€™s inception 2 years ago. The troop volunteered at Second Harvest filling backpacks last Monday for the BackPack program. The BackPack program provides children with easy-to-prepare nutritious food during weekends and school vacations when other resources may not be available. King was back at Second Harvest later that week and when he had additional volunteer hours for the merit badge, he wanted to continue his efforts for Second Harvest.
On Saturday morning, King used his designated â€ścomputer timeâ€ť at home to create flyers for the food drive, posted them around the neighborhood and dropped them in mailboxes. He wondered if his neighbors and community would even respond. But then, the phone calls started with people who had donations. King headed out with a wagon and his troop sign to collect the food. Once neighbors saw him coming down the street, they too ran inside to grab their own donations.
By the end of the weekend, King had raised 83 lbs. of food on his ownâ€”enough to provide 69 meals. Â Kingâ€™s mother Shelli was especially proud because, as a parent, she got to see how excited King became at what he now knew he was capable of accomplishing. King indeed received his Citizenship in the Community badge.
Matthew King is a wonderful inspiration, especially this time of year, when every donation counts to help feed the 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children who struggle with hunger in middle Tennessee. All donations this month will support the Feeding Hope Challenge, our campaign to raise 10 million meals by December 31. Give before December 15 to Double Your Impact and bring hope to hungry children, families and seniors this holiday season.