6-Year-Old Phoebe Provides Nearly 120,000 Meals to Hungry San Franciscans

 When Phoebe Russell set out to complete her preschool graduation community service project, she set herself a goal she called “really big”.  At the age of five, she was determined to collect $1,000 to give to the San Francisco Food Bank.

Phoebe started by collecting empty cans to turn in for recycling money. She also created a hand-written letter asking for cash donations and distributed it to friends and family.  In just a few weeks, Phoebe collected 4,497 cans and raised a total of $3,736.30.  

As Phoebe’s crusade gained momentum, it caught both local and national attention.  Last June, all of the students at Phoebe’s preschool had a party to celebrate the achievement.  Press and parents alike were there to cheer Phoebe on, including Toan Lam from Go Inspire Go, an online community where people from around the world can connect and share inspirational stories.  Toan created a video capturing Phoebe’s story and submitted it to Tyson Foods.

For her hunger-relief efforts, Phoebe was selected as a Tyson Hunger All-Star. It is an honor that comes with a donation of more than 15 tons of Tyson protein products.  Today, Tyson Foods has joined Phoebe’s mission, by donating over 30,000 pounds of chicken to the San Francisco Food Bank.

Since Phoebe started her project last spring, the San Francisco Food Bank has received over $20,000 and over 30,000 pounds of food donations!  This is enough to provide close to 120,000 meals to those in need in San Francisco.

If a 6-year-old girl can feed thousands, imagine what the rest of us can do.


2 Responses

  1. Awesome kid! Brought tears to my eyes.

  2. Phoebe is an inspiration to so many people, especially other children. She has a heart that is enormous and I believe she will continue to care about others and try and do something to help others who are less fortunate.
    Kathleen Albert

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