Braeden Mannering, 14, of Bear, Delaware, is the founder of the nonprofit Brae's Brown Bags (3B), which provides healthy food and other items to homeless and low-income people in his community.
He was moved to take action after a trip to Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2013, when as a 9 year-old, he attended the Kids' State Dinner at the White House as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, where the President and First Lady challenged them to think about what they could do in their own communities.
Returning home, Braeden took up the torch against the social injustice that leaves so many people unsure where or when they will get their next meal.
In May, 2015 Braeden developed an 8-session conference agenda and co-hosted the first "hunger conference" in Delaware’s to include youth, where 189 students (ages 6 to 18) from across the state learned about food insecurity, and the importance of eating and living healthy, and connected with local officials and legislators. This conference is now a bi-annual event, our second conference happened in April 2017.
Brae's Brown Bags has given Braeden a platform to speak about food insecurity, homelessness and poverty at schools, conferences and legislative sessions. In September 2015, he launched 3B Ripples, which helps schools and youth organizations to launch their own 3B student chapters in their local communities.
As of November 2017, Braeden has spoken to groups in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, California, New Jersey and Florida, helping to get them involved in his mission.
He has activated more than 3,000 volunteers, provided more than 10,900 “brown bags” of healthy food, and raised more than $58,000 for hunger relief which is used to provide for his non-profit and to assist other hunger relief organizations.
His ongoing mission is not only to feed people today, but to raise awareness about the problems of food insecurity and poverty, and empower and inspire youth across the nation to become part of the solution.