Helping Starving People
Doesn’t Require a Passport
At the age of 10, Kylee McCumber noticed that hunger was effecting children in her own school and has been inspiring her community and others to help ever since.
In the US there are 16 million children who are hungry. That’s the equivalent of one in five of Americans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Unilever Project Sunlight is helping people like Kylee fight this through our partnership with Feeding America and Share a Meal programme.
At the age of 10, Kylee noticed that many of her classmates were receiving their breakfast at school as opposed to at home. Concerned that this could happen to kids in her own school she recounted, “I didn’t believe this could be true especially in my country. I thought: Instead of staying in shame, let’s decide to change the game.”
And that’s exactly what she did. Kaylee spoke to her principal about how she could help and her non-profit Kylee Kare Kits for Kidz was born in September 2012.
Each Friday, children in the Leominster public school system receive a Kare Kit packed with non-perishable food that has been donated by the local community. This can include items such as cereal, juice, fruit cups, pudding, macaroni and cheese, soup, granola bars, fruit snacks and peanut butter crackers.
Kylee set out with the goal to provide food for 10 children each week, but with the support of family, friends and the community Kare Kits for Kidz is able to provide food to 167 children each week.
Watch her speech here and see how you can get involved in the Share a Meal campaign.