Hunger Activist Inspires Employees: Kylee McCumber Visits BBI
On March 16th and 17th BBI South Florida had a unique visitor, hunger activist Kylee McCumber. When Kylee was only ten years old, she was surprised to see children at her school eating on campus when she arrived. Discovering that the reason behind this was their lack of food at home, she decided to do something about it. Along with the help of Lori, her grandmother, Kylee founded Kylee's Kare Kits for Kidz. Starting with ten kids, Kylee's Kare Kits for Kidz has grown exponentially in the last few years. They now support over 200 children with Kare Kits every weekend. These fortunate children are sent home with plastic bags filled with non-perishable food items every week, an endeavor that costs the non-profit $900 a week. Beyond the Kare Kits, the organization has also started planning small events for the children, like a gift program at Christmas time or an ice cream social; where one little boy got to try the sweet treat for the first time.
Kylee has also made strides towards raising awareness about food insecurity outside the confines of her Massachusetts home. She is one of the spokespeople for an inspirational campaign sponsored by Unilever called Project Sunlight. She was invited to speak in India, was a guest on the Queen Latifah show and was featured in a series of commercials as a future leader and activist.
During her visit, BBI was proud to support Kylee in her cause by presenting a donation of $5,000, which will be used to feed children over the summer months. Kylee was invited to visit BBI by President, Robert Taylor, and efforts are being made by the leadership team to support her initiative whenever possible.
Kylee shared her amazing message of giving with employees, many who were touched and teary after hearing her amazing story and call to action. No matter where you are, this young food activist wants people to recognize the struggles that many face just to keep their families fed. Whether it's donating money or items to a local or national effort, or sharing this important message with the youth in your lives and encouraging them to embrace the spirit of giving, we can all do our part to help to fight hunger.
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