STOP Hunger Scholars Celebration

Over the weekend I went with my parents into Washington, DC and North Bethesda for the STOP Hunger Scholars Celebration with the Sodexo Foundation. We took the train Sunday morning and had a dinner Sunday night and then a great big huge dinner Monday night. There were over 1,000 people there on Monday night!

brae-sodexoI met Ellie Krieger, she is a Food Network chef and has her own healthy eating TV show. She was very nice. She interviewed me up on stage along with Lorna Donatone, she is the COO of Sodexo.

Five scholars across the nation were chosen for their service work pertaining to ending hunger. The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship for their education as well as a matching grant for the hunger charity of their choice. So very generous!

18267503164_f2b7eb2fcf_zWe all shared our #EndingHunger dreams and this was mine, that everyone would have access to healthy food and clean water regardless of their financial situation. Make sure you download your own selfie sign so you can share your big dream for ending hunger. I think everyone who attended the dinner and the other four scholars all feel the same way. It was so nice to meet everyone. Amazing people with BIG dreams who are doing really awesome things.

The Sodexo Foundation, and their pal Corey, created a super awesome video where all five scholars got to say hi to each other and talk about what they are doing in their communities to help end hunger and provide hunger relief. To Sophie Bernstein, Caroline Ford, Kylee McCumber and Isaac McFarland, I’m so humbled to have met you and very proud to call you my friends.

Click to watch our STOP Hunger Scholar Video

The couple days I had in Washington, DC were just so fun. And the people at the Marriot were SO NICE TO US! They brought us mints, three mints every day. Their pool was so nice, I loved it, I wish i could have gone and swam for longer. The woman who checked us in asked about Brae’s Brown Bags and she was so emotional when I told her and my Mom ended up giving her a hug later because she kept apologizing for crying.

I’m feeling pretty lucky about everything.

The whole Flickr photo album is available for everyone to look through, too.

Thank you, thank you, everyone!

Volunteering at UD’s STOP HUNGER NOW event

Braeden at top Hunger Now EventMy Mom took my brother Finn and I to the University of Delaware last night to volunteer at a Stop Hunger Now event which as held at the Perkins Student Center. We were told that 25,000 people die each day around the world due to hunger! That is not good! But it made it all the more important to be at the event and work hard to help people.

1374279_10151625490571570_614126509_nVolunteering was A LOT of work! I mean A LOT! Me and my brother were actually sweating. Our hair was wet! The guy running the event decided that we should be runners, but unless you know the process of what we did you won’t know what a runner means.

So there were a bunch of college kids there and some of them put rice, dried veggies and vitamin packets into a funnel, which dumped the ingredients into a bag. The bags were put into little crates. when the crates were filled someone would shout, “RUNNER!” As a runner me or Finn would go grab the full crate and bring it to the weighing station. The bags were weighed and then sealed before being packed into brown boxes. Each box held 36 bags, each bag serves 6 people.

1011964_10151625498846570_1934086606_nWe packed 20,000 meals in 2 hours! Each time we packed a bunch, like 2,000 towards our goal me and Finn were allowed to go hit a big gong thing and it made a loud noise and then all the volunteers cheered and were really excited! It made me so happy!

October is “World Hunger Action” Month so if you are able to go help people in need or volunteer with groups you should definitely do it. it’s fun, it makes you feel good and it just shows you that every single person name really make a difference.