James Island boy leading charge to fight childhood hunger

James Island boy leads charge to fight childhood hunger
Jackson Silverman
Jackson Silverman

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A little James Island boy is making a big difference in the fight against hunger in the Lowcountry.

Jackson Silverman, aged 7, enjoys playing outdoors, hanging out with his friends, and wrestling with his brothers, but there is one issue particularly close to his heart, "We need to help hungry kids out there who don't have any food and we just need to help them so they can make their lives change."

Silverman and his younger brothers are the founders of the "I Heart Hungry Kids Foundation," a community service project that addresses issues associated with childhood hunger.

For his hard work, he's been awarded a grant he plans to put to good use, "We got a very big grant from Sodexo which was $500 which gave us all the money to help with the hungry kids."

Now he's leading a group of volunteers in packing bags full of healthy food to feed over 100 hungry children. Silverman said their goal is to pack more than 150 bags.

The Lowcountry Food Bank feeds close to 3,000 kids with the "Backpack Buddies" program every weekend, but they say 16,000 more kids in Charleston County need help too.

"Kids helping kids, that's how we get the job done […] What do you want to say to all those kids out there who are hungry today? That help is coming to them," Silverman said.

Silverman and many others will be at the Lowcountry Food Bank on Friday night for a packing party, and you can attend, but you need to register. Go to ihearthungrykids.org for more information.

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