Today, I received news that my first Seeds of Hope shipment finally reached its destination. From Hampstead, New Hampshire to Tonga, I am truly proud of myself for all I have done in attempt to solving the biggest issue facing our community today.
I started working to end hunger when I was seven years old. My family and I went out for a nice dinner one night in Boston. On the way back to our car, I saw a man on the street and instantly decided to give him my left over chicken nuggets. Something inside of me knew he needed it more than I did. This small act of kindness quickly spiraled into my purpose. Today, 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy life, but I have dedicated myself to changing that.
After seven years of food drives, pantry work, and soup kitchen service, I realized my purpose is my power and Seeds of Hope was born this summer. I alone cannot end hunger, but together, we are unstoppable. Seeds of Hope has two parts, but the ultimate goal will always be to decrease the number of those struggling with food insecurity. One aspect is empowerment. I use my voice to make an impact, speaking at all sorts of events to audiences of all kinds, raising awareness of the issue and sharing my story to let everyone know they really do have the power to make a difference. I want to plant Seeds of Hope in the heart of everyone I get the chance to speak to. Hope for the future, hope for our world.
The other aspect is more tangible. Through lots of fundraising efforts, I have been able to take my work against hunger international. Almost two months ago, I put together a box with 50 packets of different sorts of vegetable seeds and a handwritten letter and mailed it off to Tonga, with hopes of implementing a sustainable food source for a community on the island. It certainly took a lot of hard work, but today when I saw the photo of my box, my smile reached each ear. Knowing that my seeds are now feeding families in need on the other side of the world is the most fulfilling feeling I could ask for.