12-Year-Old Donates A Million Meals To Local Food Bank
He may be young, but his goal of ending hunger is anything but small.
Ever meet a real life, 12-year-old superhero? Let me introduce you to one. His name is Mace Massingill and he's on a mission to end hunger in his hometown.
It all started when his family asked their guests to bring a food donation to Thanksgiving one year. When Mace went with his mom, Holly Mace Massingill, to drop off their donations at a local food bank, he was inspired to do more.
"The volunteer there said, 'Without you, 147 people wouldn't have food,'" Holly Mace Massingill told Spectrum. "That, in his 7-year-old mind, made it click that there are people out there that literally don't have food in their pantry. That's when he said, 'I can do something about that.'"
Mace set a goal to raise enough money to pay for $1,000 meals before Christmas. He ended up raising enough for over 5,000. In 2015, he set a goal for 10,000 meals and ended up raising enough for over 30,000. In keeping with the theme of outdoing himself every year, the boy brought in over 200,000 meals in 2016.
Every year, Mace's haul has steadily increased, bringing in hundreds of thousands of donated meals to the Central Texas Food Bank. Even though Mace is young, his dedication to ending hunger in his lifetime is very real.
“The thought of people having to go hungry, not having food, having to go through daily struggles just sounds horrible to me," he said.
Here's Mace's latest video message encouraging people to donate to his 2019 fundraiser...
In 2019, Mace set his biggest fundraising goal yet to buy a million meals. He worked tirelessly throughout the year, recruiting friends, family and strangers to contribute to his cause. Last week, the 12-year-old shared a post to Facebook that he met the milestone, though he says he couldn't have done it alone.
Mace says he'll continue raising money for more meals, and he hopes that other young people will join him. He has his own website with the Central Texas Food Bank where people can donate, and he created the campaign #NoHunger to spread the word about his mission and get more kids to run food drives.
Mace's family has supported his food drives over the years, and they say he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.
“He truly believes that kids can end hunger if they all work together," Holly said. “It's really powerful to see."
Like all young superheroes, the full extent of Mace's powers have yet to be seen. We can't wait to see how far he'll fly!
Feeling inspired? You can be like Mace and start your own local food drive to help end hunger in your community. Here's a good resource to get you started. Let's work together and #StartSomethingGood.