JONATHAN CRIDER: January, 2010

Jonthan Crider was shocked when he heard this statistic three years ago. One in every five children are at risk of going hungry every day. At the age of 14, Jonathan was shocked. He decided he could make a difference, so he started a penny drive, organized two Rock-A-Thon's to raise money, and partnered with EZ-GO convenience stores.

From the time he joined the organization at the age of 11 until now, he has raised $50,000 to help provide food for children He's been recognized nationally, attending a ceremony alongside celebrities like Matt Damon. The only two people receiving awards that night were Crider and singer Carlos Santana.

The award highlighted Jonathan's extraordinary work to provide backpacks full of food to children at school on Friday afternoons, who may have otherwise not eaten on the weekend.

Jonathanís mother says he doesn't necessarily like the notoriety and awards but he loves the fact that it raises public awareness of the problem of hunger in our state and nation.

The Regional Food Bank estimates that although they are distributing 2 million pounds of every month, they are only hitting about 60 percent of the need.

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Jonathan has worked to provide backpacks full of food to children at school on Friday afternoons, who may have otherwise not eaten on the weekend.