Kw-logo-smaller

David Feeds the Hungry

Volunteer David Levitt didn't let some red tape stop him from feeding the hungry.
David Levitt

David Levitt was 11 years old when the idea hit him. And it was a good one. He had been reading about a Kentucky man who started a network of volunteers to transport donated food to hungry people. David wanted to do something similar with his school.

A Volunteer is Born - Helping Local Food Banks

David was new to his school but he didn't hesitate to run the idea past his principal. He was told there were probably government regulations that would stop a program like that from going anywhere. Even David's new friends told him it probably couldn't be done. That didn't matter to David.

Putting the Plan in Motion - Helping Local Food Banks

During the next few weeks, David researched Florida's laws about food donations and collected facts and figures. He wrote a proposal and, instead of going back to the principal, went over his head to the superintendent and the school board. Since nobody had ever taken the time to do that, the board was impressed with David. On his 12th birthday he nervously stood before the school board and was told they had approved his plan. But victory was short.

Following Through with Plans - Helping Local Food Banks

Five months went by. Nothing had happened yet. People were still hungry and David was getting impatient. It turned out airtight containers were needed to ship the food but there was no money for that. David set out to get containers. He wrote letters to every company that made containers. The response was slow but successful. First Brands, the company that makes Gladlock plastic bags, agreed to send him an ongoing supply of storage bags. It had taken a year, but finally, David's plan was underway. During the start of the program, only 10 schools donated left over food. Today, over 100 schools in Pinellas County donate about 234,000 pounds of food every two years.

Do you know a volunteer we should profile? the details.

Related Articles:

  • The 411 on Food Banks

  • Second Harvest Feeds the Hungry

  • The 411 on Food Banks

  • The Duffel Bag Princess
  • Tomb Raider Turns Good Will Ambassador
  • readers voted!

    Comments

    LuisB_2661983

    LuisB_2661983 wrote:

    Learning the best way on how to reuse your leftover food as long as it still good than disposing it. There are some suggestions for using leftover meals that will save you cash and time. Article resource: Check this out.
    commented: Fri Feb 28, 2014

    there are 1 more comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like it!

    latest videos

    What's your favorite TV Show?
    • Grey's Anatomy
    • America's Next Top Model
    • The Office
    • Lost

    related stories

    Dear Dish-It in the forums

    Macbarbie09
    Macbarbie09 posted in Friends:
    Ok. So there's this one girl i hate at my school named Chloe. Nearly everyone of my friends hate her! She keeps on asking question and SHE IS SO ANNOYING! 
    reply 1 day
    brittany19jones
    hi my name is Brittany do u want to be my friend
    reply 1 day
    Cute_Rosa456
    Cute_Rosa456 posted in Friends:
    okay so there is no perfect friend every body makes mistakes 
    reply 1 day
    iChocolate
    iChocolate posted in Friends:
    To have a real friend requires very little: A real friend is someone who knows all about you, all good and bad, but still loves you all the same.:)
    reply 1 day
    GaaraOfTheSand
    GaaraOfTheSand posted in Style:
    Idek
    reply 2 days

    play online games

    Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

    Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

    Goodgameempire-thumb

    Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

    Black-history-month-crossword-pre

    Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

    Big-farm-thumb

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    Candy-cash-thumb

    Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    _thumb_100x100

    Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

    Frostbox_100x100

    Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...