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The gift of giving food to the hungry

braeden-presenting-3bHunger is a world issue.

There are many people and foundations who help feed those in need.

My son, Brae, age 10, has developed his own project to feed the hungry and it is called 3B: Brae’s Brown Bag Foundation.

Here is a bit of what 3B is all about:

3B stands for Brae’s Brown Bags. I came up with this idea after winning the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and sitting with the First Lady Michelle Obama at the Kids’ State Dinner. She asked me how I could pay the experience forward. I’ve been trying to do that ever since!

I am learning a lot about food scarcity and issues related to being homeless or poor. These are things I didn’t know much about only a few months ago. I think 3B is something which could be implemented at schools or recreation centers for under reached children who have high percentages of obesity. I learned that many people who have a hard time finding food to feed their family have an even harder time finding healthy food options that they can afford.

3B bags have three healthy snacks and a water bottle with a note from me. My Mom and I wrote a grant and received $500 from DoSomething.org for my project. DoSomething.org people asked me what kind of super hero power I would want if I could have one. At first I said I would like to have speed or read minds, but I think that kids can be their own super hero. I think if people see what kids can do and they let kids rise to the occasion than we can help the world and that is the best super power ever.

It’s important to me that people understand 3B bags are unique. They are healthy and encouraging to people. It’s more than just a hand out, it’s a message of hope.

We have two stops to make next week to hand out bags to those in need. One is on the Monday before Christmas and one is on the Saturday after Christmas. But people are in need of food at all times during the year.

If you ever have the desire to help out you can create your own “Brae’s Brown Bag” and have it in your car in case you come across someone in need. Or you can check out Brae’s donation page and see how to help with in-kind donations or monetary donations. Every little bit helps.


Braeden on Good Day Philadelphia talking about 3B: Brae’s Brown Bags

brae-good-day-philadelphiaFor those of you have been following the story about Braeden, my oldest son, and his project to help feed the hungry in our community, here is a video of his live segment on Fox News 29 Good Day Philadelphia yesterday morning.


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Braeden did a really great job and as usual knocked the socks off everyone who talked with him. Even the lady who helped mic us and set us up at the table said she could take him home because he was so cute and so polite. Yes, yes he is, but no you cannot take him home with you.

Braeden spoke with Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones all about his project. He told them how he came up with the idea and how it has grown already. We did some calculations regarding all the bags he has handed out with healthy snacks and water and we estimate it has been about 8,000 pounds of food already since handing out his first bag in July 2013.

We are all very proud of him and are happy Fox News 29 gave him a chance to spread the word. Hopefully more people will get involved and we can help an even bigger population of people who are hungry.

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Braeden is attending the Kids’ State Dinner at The White House (Delaware winner)

Braeden’s reaction when he first read the letter saying he won.

If you have not heard about the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner then get comfortable because you’re about to get schooled.

Our son, Braeden (age 9) who I talk about often on this site entered the contest in early May. We received paperwork about it from his 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Buckingham at Keene Elementary School. When I read over the contest I thought to myself it would perfect for Braeden to enter. When I brought it to his attention he immediately was interested in entering. He has a myriad of diet related issues and restrictions so when he was thinking about a recipe he also thought about what he would like to eat.

He created a recipe which he named “Tortilla Bowl Deluxe” and it includes a tortilla bowl, sliced grilled chicken, diced avocados and tomatoes, orange sweet pepper, grated Monterrey Jack cheese and salt and pepper to taste. On the side he recommended a tropical fruit selection including pineapple, melons and mangoes.

“I wanted to make something healthy, but it’s also colorful and it’s fun,” Braeden says of his recipe.

braeden-mannering-tortilla-recipeHis recipe won and he will be representing the State of Delaware at the Kids’ State Dinner held at the White House and hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, July 9. Braeden, along with 53 other winners representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia were notified earlier this week and today the news went viral.

We will be arriving early into Washington, DC the morning of Monday, July 8th and have been given a very full itinerary of amazing events to attend.

Since the news broke this morning Channel 6 Action News reached out wanting to interview Brae and the office of Senator Carper reached out to say that Senator Carper would like to meet Braeden while we are in DC. The news has been so excited for Braeden, for our whole family, all of our friends and even co-workers are supremely excited. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Braeden and for the all of the other winners. I want to offer a big congratulations to all of the kids who entered and to all of the kids who will be attending the dinner. All of you should be incredibly proud this is something you will remember fondly forever.