Ten-year-old Langston Peoples’ neighbors in Pfafftown know him as “the Food Dude.”
Since November he has used that moniker when appealing for donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.
Langston’s interest started with a question he asked his mother, Sahana: “Mom, is it true that one in four kids here (in the Winston-Salem area) don’t know for certain that they’ll have enough to eat?”
When she confirmed that surveys* had shown that statistic to be true, Langston began looking for ways that he could help.
“My son knows what it means to feel safe and to have a satisfied belly,” his mother said. “It really bothered him to hear that it’s not the same for other kids. To him, a child going hungry is unacceptable. Period.”
His response was to help collect donations of non-perishable food from neighbors in the Wellspring community. As a block captain, he has committed to work year-round collect food for Second Harvest.
Each month he writes a note reminding neighbors to make donations. He asks that they put food in a Second Harvest Food Bank box on his front porch five to seven days before pick up. Neighbors also are welcome to drop donations off at his home or leave any type bag of donations on their front porch for pick up.
Children who receive the food may never know that another 10-year-old helped put it on their table, but “the Food Dude” knows. “My grandfather, Thatha, says, ‘There’s always someone who needs our help. It is our task in life to find a way to help.’”
* The statistic came from a 2009 study by Food America, Child Food Insecurity in the United States, and was based on data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture. The report said more than 422,000 children in North Carolina are food insecure – unable to consistently access adequate amounts of nutritious food that is necessary for a healthy life.