Five-year-old Miles Umscheid of Fort Worth recently coordinated a food drive that resulted in more than 2,100 cans of donated food. Thanks to Miles’ efforts and community support, he was able to surpass his original goal of collecting 1,000 cans of food.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, Miles and his mother, Matty, escorted the food donations they raised to Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB). Once they arrived, the Umscheids were given a guided tour of the Distribution Center by TAFB Exectuive Director Bo Soderbergh. Miles and his mom also observed the food donations being fork-lifted off the truck and weighed. The food donations will be distributed to TAFB Partner Agencies serving food-insecure families and individuals.

Miles Umscheid’s food drive efforts were featured on NBC DFW channel 5 the week of July 25. According to the news story, Miles wanted to help others after listening to another local Hunger Hero, Will Lourcey, speak about hunger at Miles’ montessory school.

One of four children in Tarrant Area Food Bank’s service area experiences hunger.

During the school year many children rely on in-school breakfast, lunch and even dinner for regular nutritious meals. Once summer break arrives, access to those meals becomes challenging, causing dreams of play to shift to the back of a hungry child’s mind.

Support from community members like Miles will help North Texas children and their families gain access to the food they need to be strong and healthy.

To learn more about TAFB food drives, visit our Give Food page

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