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Raleigh sixth-grader one of two outstanding youth volunteers honored in NC

Posted April 11, 2018 1:48 p.m. EDT
Updated April 12, 2018 5:12 p.m. EDT

A Raleigh sixth-grader is one of two youth volunteers in the state of North Carolina were honored on Thursday at Daniels Magnet Middle School.

William Winslow will be presented with an engraved silver medallion to recognize his selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as one of the state’s top two youth volunteers of 2018.

He will also receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip in April to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events.

Winslow works to fight childhood hunger in the Triangle by holding food drives to fill backpacks with weekend food for children who otherwise might go hungry and by helping to build school gardens in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food.

Winslow launched the organization The Food Drive Kids in 2013, when he was in the first grade and concerned for classmates he knew would be hungry during Spring Break.

"It's important because these kids don't have enough food to eat," Winslow said. "And if they don't have enough food to eat, then they can't focus in schools, and if they can't focus on school, they can't get good grades to go on to college and get a good college degree and a good job."

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

Winslow is holding his next food drive Saturday, April 21 at several Wake County locations. The organization needs dozens more volunteers for drives around the Triangle.