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Joshua, 12

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Joshua, Florida

After watching a broadcast of “Feed the Children” on TV at the age of five, Joshua was moved to act. He said, “I never understood why people are hungry. Food is one of the basic necessities of life and it truly breaks my heart to know that children are hungry. I want to find ways to prevent this.” That is when he started Joshua’s Heart Foundation to help the hungry.

Currently the foundation works to feed 20-50 youth in a food backpack program, provides weekly groceries to families, and hosts large food distribution and cooking demonstrations seven times a year. Over 500,000 pounds of food have been distributed to date and the number keeps growing. Through his Junior Advisory Board, Joshua engages peers to give input on his current projects and generate ideas for new ones. He has received extremely positive feedback from the families he helps and from the teachers of students who have received backpacks. He has also received several awards to recognize his work. Joshua plans to push his foundation further by continuing to provide healthy options for families saying that, “Not everyone will be rich, or be a Nobel Prize winner, or get all A’s, but no one should go hungry.” 

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