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Kayla & Katie Are Hunger-Fighting Champions!

Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on November 1st, 2016

Although she was just 9 years old, when Kayla first learned about hunger in her community, she knew she had to do something to help. She decided to collect jars of peanut butter and jelly at her school to donate to Philabundance. Kayla has continued the effort each year, and this past February, her drive helped raise 1,200 jars. The only group to raise more was a large business!

Kayla, now 11, is a shining example that you just need passion to make a real impact. Last year, Kayla volunteered more than 160 hours with both Philabundance and the You Are Beautiful Project, an empowerment workshop for at-risk youth.

“You never know who is hungry around you,” Kayla says. “A little bit makes a huge difference.”

She comes by her generosity honestly — Kayla’s mom, Katie, has been a partner in the fight against hunger for many years; she has participated in and hosted Philabundance events and secured publicity opportunities for the nonprofit. To encourage others to help in their communities, Katie founded My City Gives, a cause-focused marketing and event-planning firm that promotes various issues like hunger relief.

In September, Katie and My City Gives hosted a new event — Beats n’ Eats — to raise money for Philabundance and the Philadelphia Music Alliance. The event featured celebrity chefs and top musical talent, and in its first year raised $16,000 to provide food for our hungry neighbors!

This donation will go a long way in helping feed those in need. But both Katie and Kayla know even a small gift can still change lives.

Katie says she’s so proud of her daughter’s work. Many kids might be concerned about an issue but feel like they aren’t qualified to create positive change — Kayla just went for it. It’s important to Katie that her children Kayla and Kaeden understand the needs of others, especially their hungry neighbors.

“When you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, you can’t dream, you can’t think about the future, you can’t focus on life decisions,” Katie says.

We are truly grateful for Katie and Kayla and their efforts to provide nutritious food here in the Delaware Valley. Thank you for your partnership!

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