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Virginia high school students helps the hungry

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STERLING, Va. -

In a cramped alley in D.C., just a few hours before his math quiz, 17-year-old Ben Pavich is delivering hope. It's a serving of garden vegetable soup in a stomach that has been aching for something to fill it.

Ben and some fellow students at Dominion High School in Sterling decided to join a non-profit called Generosity Feeds.

"We looked at the statistics and found that not even one county in America goes without child hunger," says Ben. Even where they live in affluent County, Ben says 2200 students go hungry every day. So he spearheaded a plan to raise enough money to provide 30,000 free meals. Back in October, they packed the Dominion gym with volunteers to sort and box the soup.

"When you're together with everybody, it's a real community feeling,"says Ben. Some food stayed local. Some went to victims of Hurricane Sandy. On Friday Ben and a team unloaded the final 3,000 meals filling the shelves at "So Others Might Eat" in D.C.

Ben's work is part of a marketing project. Wes Anderson is the advisor to DECA,an association of marketing students.

"Ben's fantastic. He is the president of our DECA chapter. He is a great leader He knows how to get people motivated, get them working. He always goes above and beyond," says Anderson.

What Ben has discovered is something that many of us could use a reminder about Hunger is not something distant. In fact, it's probably right in your own neighborhood.

"There are many, many people that don't have that security and confidence to know where groceries are gonna come from next week, where their kids are gonna get three solid meals," says Greg Chudy, the donations coordinator at S.O.M.E. Ben has done his part to chip away at that.

LINK: http://generosityfeeds.org/sterling-va/

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