William Winslow is a 5th grader at A.B. Combs Elementary in Wake County. He is showing how #CharacterMatters by working to feed the hungry.
In the spring of 2013 he was only in first grade when he told his parents he wanted to do something to help his fellow classmates 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.” 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, he 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. In addition, students who previously couldn’t be accommodated were able to be added to the program. His program has “snowballed” and through its growth it is now providing annual support for dozens of kids from food insecure homes.
William was asked during an interview what he saw in his future. His simple response that continues to inspire other kids and adults alike to help him in his work was, “I see no kids hungry.” William has worked to collet more than 27,000 pounds of food and $26,000 dollars since his journey began. Please join William, The Food Drive Kid, in his efforts to make his vision of the future a reality. He hopes to help even more people Saturday April 22, 2017 during his latest drive. Click here to sign up to volunteer.