I am often asked to go to different businesses, organizations, companies or schools to talk about what Second Harvest Food Bank does for the community. I always love going to these speaking engagements because I get to meet so many wonderful people doing some incredible things for our neighbors.
Last week I had the pleasure of going to the Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School to speak to their students about the food bank. They had just wrapped up a food drive and I wanted to go out and say thank you in person. I spoke to the students about how other kids their age might not know where their next meal is coming from. We had a conversation on what it feels like to be hungry and we all agreed that it makes you feel sick, grumpy, angry and its hard to concentrate. The students also told me great stories on what they are planning to do to make a difference in their community.
I was almost finished with my presentation when a hand shot up from a little girl in the front row of the class. I figured she had a question about where the food comes from or how we give it out. Instead, she emotionally declared to the class how heartbroken she was for all the kids in Central Florida that don’t have enough food. She encouraged everyone to keep helping. She even mentioned that “hunger in unacceptable”. I knew I had to interview her after my presentation.
Check out what 7 year old, Aria has to say…
Aria inspires me. To hear such passion and empathy coming from a child makes me want to work harder. She gets it!
A big thank you to all the students at the Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School. I would also like to say thanks to all their teachers and parents for encouraging these kids to make the world a better place.