A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank

A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank

A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank.
A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank. Courtesy of Mace Massingill

No one should ever go hungry, and there’s one 12-year-old Texas boy that has been taking that to heart for over 5 years. So for the next two minutes, we’re going to tell you about the amazing ‘Hunger Fighter!’

His name is Mace Massingill, and he started collecting donations for the hungry when he was just 7-years-old.

The idea was born during a family Thanksgiving, when his parents encouraged family members to bring food donations to dinner so they could drop them off at a local food bank.

A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank.
A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank. Courtesy of Mace Massingill

The boy’s mother, Holly Mace Massingill, said it was a simple trip to the food bank, seeing how much good a small donation can do, that inspired Mace to start his journey as the ‘Hunger Fighter’.

“The volunteer there said, ‘Without you, 147 people wouldn’t have food,'” Holly Mace Massingill said. “That, in his 7-year-old mind, made it click that there are people out there that literally don’t have food in their pantry. That’s when he said ‘I can do something about that.'”

So Mace got to work thinking about how he could make an impact – that’s when he set the goal to raise enough money for 1,000 meals before Christmas that year.

He went on to crush that goal by raising money and gathering donations for over 5,000 meals.

But it wasn’t beginners luck as this trend continued over the next 5 years, each year better than the year before.

His goal in 2015 was 10,000 meals, but he managed to raise over 30,000. In 2016, he raised over 200,000 meals, and has consistently raised hundreds of thousands of meals every year since, Spectrum News 13 reported.

And 2019 was his best year to date, bringing in 1,132,424 meals since he started at seven years old – incredible!

A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank.
A 12-year-old raised enough money over a 5-year period to provide 1 million meals to Central Texas Food Bank. Courtesy of Mace Massingill

“The thought of people having to go hungry, not having food, having to go through daily struggles just sounds horrible to me,” Mace Massingill said.

Holly said she hopes her son’s work inspires other kids to do something similar to help their communities. And as for Mace, he plans to continue his efforts throughout his childhood.

“He truly believes that kids can end hunger if they all work together,” she said. “It’s really powerful to see.”

Mace and his family also participate in events throughout the year to raise money, including selling raffle tickets for a silent auction.

Mace even has his own website through the Central Texas Food Bank where people can donate money to help buy meals.

Remember that every major program, nonprofit, and movement started at nothing – a mere idea in someone’s head.

The moral of the story? An idea can make a massive impact on human life with a little passion and a whole lot of action. And that, is Majical.


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