Teenager Takes Action Against Hunger by Providing Help and Hope to Children & Families

Feed the Children Delivers Truck to Benefit 400 Ambler Area Families

Ambler, Pa., – On Thursday, March 19, Feed the Children will deliver one semi tractor-trailer full of food and essentials to help 400 Ambler area families. The food and essentials will be distributed at 10:00 a.m. at Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Inc., in Ambler (150 N. Main St).

The distribution is sponsored by 17-year-old Brooke Rhea, who raised money for a truck load of food and essentials to help 400 families. Since Rhea was six years old, she has been raising money through community car washes to sponsor trucks through Feed the Children. Each year to honor her birthday, she holds a car wash to raise money to help the less fortunate. She will be celebrating this year by sponsoring her fourth truck to help families in her hometown of Ambler, Pennsylvania.

More than 13 percent of children and families in Pennsylvania live below the poverty line and often struggle to put food on the table every day. In fact, one in five children across the United States will go to bed hungry tonight.

Feed The Children partner agency, Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Inc., has pre-identified families receiving the boxes. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food and a 10-pound box of personal care items. The boxes are designed to help a family of four for up to one week. In addition, families will also receive donated products from Zeigler’s Beverages and Mars.

“To see a young person so passionate about bringing help to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents is awe inspiring,” said Kevin Hagan, Feed the Children president and CEO. “Brooke should be a role model for us all. If she can do this, think what all we can do working together to feed our nation and the children around the world.”

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.