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Kidzz Helping Kidzz: Fighting Food Insecurity and Celebrating Youth Leaders in Kitsap County

Updated: Apr 12

Our Kidzz Helping Kidzz Advisory Board is a powerhouse of young leaders making a difference for kids in need within our community.


Group photo of Kidzz Helping Kidzz before sorting food donations for Bremerton Backpack Brigade and the Society of St Vincent de Paul with help from the Hope Scouts.

Each month, we spotlight one of these incredible individuals as our "Rising Star." This April, we're thrilled to recognize Makayla, a three-year Advisory Board member and dedicated junior in high school.


Kidzz Helping Kidzz Advisory Board member Makayla is April's Rising Star recognition recipient.

Makayla's problem-solving skills, work ethic, love of music, and passion for reading make her an invaluable "voice of reason" for our team.  Thank you, Makayla, for your inspiring commitment to serving others!


Kids Helping Kids Tackle Hunger in Bremerton and Silverdale


One of the most pressing issues our Advisory Board wants to address is food insecurity among youth.


Kidzz Helping Kidzz members sorting through food donations and organizing canned goods.

Inspired by the success of our annual Christmas toy drives, we organized our first-ever community food drive in Kitsap County! Our goal was to collect enough non-perishable food to support at least 500 local families in need.


Kidzz Helping Kidzz food drive raised over 2000 non-perishable food donations for their food drive.

We kicked off the drive by partnering with the Bremerton Backpack Brigade, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and the Hope Worldwide Scouts.


Food insecurity food drive for Bremerton Backpack Brigade, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, with help from Kidzz Helping Kidzz and the Hope Scouts.

Together, we created over 30 food donation collection boxes and placed them in businesses, schools, and churches throughout Bremerton and Silverdale. We are so grateful to the businesses who hosted boxes!




Kitsap County Community Shows Incredible Support


The outpouring of generosity from our Kitsap County community was heartwarming!



Your donations are a testament to the kindness that exists here. We're so thankful for everyone who contributed to our food drive.


Food Drive Success: Making a Difference Against Childhood Hunger


Our first Kidzz Helping Kidzz food drive was a resounding success!



Many of our collection boxes filled up quickly. We specifically collected the types of food requested by the Bremerton Backpack Brigade and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul:


  • Canned meats

  • Peanut butter

  • Breakfast cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, muffin mix

  • Granola bars


The donations were heavy! After gathering the donations, our Advisory Board and Hope Scouts weighed, sorted, and tallied the items.



We counted 2,107 non-perishable food items weighing 2,111 pounds. That translates to 1,759 meals for families in need – a significant contribution to addressing childhood hunger and food insecurity in our community.


Thank You!


We couldn't have achieved this without the support of Kitsap County!


Kidzz Helping Kidzz volunteers sort food donations for Kitsap County food drive.

The next day, we delivered the food to the Bremerton Backpack Brigade and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – helping them stock their pantries for those in need.



Why Fighting Food Insecurity Matters


At Kidzz Helping Kidzz, we believe every child deserves access to nutritious food. Childhood hunger impacts not only physical health but also educational success and overall development.



Food drives like ours, along with our Christmas toy drives, are about kids helping kids and fostering a sense of shared responsibility within our community.


Get Involved


Youth volunteerism making a difference in Kitsap County food drive.

If you're passionate about making a difference for kids in Kitsap County, consider volunteering or donating to Kidzz Helping Kidzz!


Please leave any questions in the Comments section below...



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Guest
Apr 13

Wow! So impressive to see the commitment and compassion of Kidzz Helping Kidzz. Incredible contribution to our community.

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Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Apr 16
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Thank you so much for your support! We are already gearing up for a larger food drive next Spring!

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Guest
Apr 13

The team at Kidzz Helping Kidzz has made a real contribution to our community through their dedication and hard work! Thanks, all of you!!

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Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Apr 13
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Thank you! We could not do this important work without the support of our community!

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Selah Guy
Selah Guy
Apr 12

😁

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Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Apr 13
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Thanks, Selah! We greatly appreciate your leadership on our Advisory Board of youth!

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Guest
Apr 12

Amazing!

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Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Beth A FRIEDMAN DARNER
Apr 13
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Thank you! Our Advisory Board of 15 youth (ages 10-17) are passionate about addressing the growing challenge of food insecurity among youth in our community. We hope to lead a larger food drive next year!

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