Miles Umscheid, 5, started the project Meals for Miles as a summer project to feed the hungry after being inspired by a guest speaker at his school.
Miles is from Fort Worth and his mom Matty Umscheid said, “Miles came to me and decided he wanted to do something to help others.”
“People who don’t have food, then I can give it them,” said Miles.
Miles wrote a letter to classmates, family, friends and neighbors to help him reach his goal.
Miles wrote: “Hi, my name is Miles. This summer I’m collecting cans of food for people that do not have any food. I want to collect 1,000 cans of food this summer. Can you please help me? Love, Miles.”
After his letter, the cans rolled in. His goal of 1,000 has been surpassed and he already have over 1,400. Now miles says, “I’m still trying for more. I’m going for 2,000.”
“The response has been overwhelming,” said his mom. “We’ve had cans dropped off on our porch. We’ve had family and friends out of town send money. And I’ve taken him to various grocery stores to choose different items.”
“Yeah, they could give me cans. They can drop off cans. We can go get ’em, and they can give us money,” agreed Miles.
Strangers have seen Miles buying cans in the grocery store and asked why they have so many.
“We had like 100 cans, and they were asking me why we had that many. And, they gave us money to buy more,” said Miles.
Mattys said, “I’m just glad he realizes one person can make a change. He has the power to make change, even just one small person at the age of five. And, he understands it’s helping others.”
Miles school wants to help their student so the Montessori School of Fort Worth at 3420 Clayton Road East set boxes on the front porch for people who want to drop off donations.
The Tarrant Area Food Bank site requests: canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned soups, peanut butter, dried beans, boxed pastas, cereal, rice and boxed of canned juices.
Way to go Miles!