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Delaware 10-Year-Old Fights Hunger With Brown Bags

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DOVER, Del. - A simple question from First Lady Michelle Obama sparked a big project for one Delaware 10-year-old.

"I'm hoping we can talk a little about food insecurity," said Braeden Mannering to a group of 4-H kids.

He was invited to share the story of 3B, "Brae's Brow Bags," and his fight against hunger. It's one he's been passionate about for a year, as he hands out bags of bottled water, fruit and other healthy snacks to those in need.

"If you're homeless and you can't have a banana or an apple because it won't last outside, then that's an injustice to you," Christy Mannering, Braeden's mom explains about the thoughts behind 3B.

He's handed out more than 1,200 to shelters, soup kitchens or even on the street. The first was given to a man, standing with a cane in the rain.

"That impacted him because that man said to him, 'hank you, son,' and was genuinely pleased with this bag," said Christy Mannering.

The idea was born from another food win. Braeden was chosen to represent Delaware at the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge banquet at the White House. His taco bowl creation earned him a seat at dinner with the First Lady, who offered yet another challenge.

"Michelle Obama asked me to pay it forward," Braeden said.

He's done that not only with lunches, but also by lobbying Delaware legislators to find ways to help end hunger. He's also gained the attention of the University of Delaware, and has asked them to donate unused food to area shelters through a food recovery program.

Fighting food insecurity one bag at a time has also earned him a number of awards, including recognition from the governor and winning the Disney Hero for Change Award. He's currently in the running for a Peace First Award.

But, he's not entirely alone on the project. Community volunteers have come out with dozens of helping hands in the last year, packing bags for donations.

"Most of the things that Breaden's done have been very simple, but he's taken the time to make them happen," said Christy Mannering.

And his message to others is simple: "Everyone can help, even you," Braeden said.

He plans to honor those who've helped him with a one year bash in August. He said he'd like Mrs. Obama to attend, but understand's if she won't make it.

To learn more about Brae's Brown Bags, click here: http://braedenquinn.com/.

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