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Young people like Peyton Medick . . . .
Peyton was just eight years old when she vowed to change the world . . . .
It followed a heart-rending report on the television news about hunger issues in the United States.
In Weston, Wisconsin, Peyton had never gone to bed hungry.
She discovered that night that not all children are so fortunate.
"She just turned to me and she said 'Mom, we've got to fix this'," recalls Teena Medick, Peyton's mom. Ever since, Peyton has dedicated herself to doing just that.
In order to tackle the problems of hunger in her own community, Peyton formed her own non-profit organization in 2007. Since then, more than 140,000 pounds of food has been collected and distributed to local 'pantries', from where those most in need can access it.
"Most people don't realize the extent of childhood hunger in our country, or that 'food insecure' people might be living right next door,' says Robert Stern, representing the Sodexo Foundation that in recent days has honored Peyton's efforts and presented her with a scholarship fund and a grant for charities close to her heart. "[We need to drive] awareness . . . . to implement change and that's what Peyton is doing."
The Peyton's Promise pantries feed 5,000 families each month and such is the impact that her work has had that the ambitious eighth-grader has been chosen to represent the United States as an Olympic Torch-bearer in the UK later this month.
"This is the chance of a lifetime," Peyton says. "I'm excited to carry the flame and remind people all around the world how we can all make a change in our communities."
That says it all about Peyton, a tireless and selfless campaigner who on her 13th birthday invited friends to join her outside a local supermarket in an attempt to increase food donations for those most in need.
"The goal is to make the world a better place, one can at a time," she says. "Every little helps and one can goes a long way. If everyone [just] does a little bit, no-one will have to do a lot."
Peyton has inspired us all here at OM HQ this morning and we hope you feel the same.
Please think about those less fortunate and the little bit that you can do to make a difference to their lives . . . .