My name is Braeden, I was born on October 12, 2003.
I won the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and got to go to The White House for the Kids’ State Dinner. The First Lady Michelle Obama asked me how I would pay the experience forward. I came up with the idea for Brae’s Brown Bags.
Braeden Mannering, Chief Executive Officer
Christy Mannering, Chief Operating Officer
Our mission is to provide healthy snacks to homeless and low-income individuals. Every bag includes a letter from Braeden, contact information for additional services who can provide further assistance. Three healthy snacks (each one is below 180 calories) and a bottle of water.
Brae’s Brown Bags has given Braeden a platform to speak about food insecurity, homelessness and poverty at schools, conferences and legislative sessions. In September 2015, he launched 3B Ripples, which helps schools and youth organizations to launch their own 3B student chapters in their local communities.
Our belief is that every person regardless of their financial situation deserves to have access to healthy food. This helps to balance the paradox between obesity and food insecurity.
What started as one brown bag branched off into multiple important directions including: three specialty bags, giving talks to groups about food insecurity with a special interest in talking with youth at schools and youth-based organizations about food insecurity and public service. 3B also raises money to help other hunger relief organizations.
Brae’s Brown Bags provide hope and nourishment to each person who receives one.