Grant began feeding the hungry when he was just four years old.
His grandpa and grandma gave him a mini M&Ms tube on Halloween and told him that if he filled it with quarters, it would feed 70 kids without food. Grant raked leaves and helped around the house to earn quarters to fill the tube.
He first packaged at Meals from the Heartland a year later with his church, yelling “box!” when his table had filled a box with 36 meal packages. Grant’s passion for feeding hungry people grew when he learned how easy and exciting it was to package meals.
When Grant attended Kindergarten, he handed out M&M tubes for his birthday treat. He asked his friends to fill the tube with quarters to feed starving kids around the world. Grant’s class raised enough money to package meals with their school.
He has a unique, first-hand perspective on the impact that his efforts have made on starving people throughout the world.
His grandpa, Jim Heseman, is an avid Meals from the Heartland volunteer and has travelled to Ghana to visit multiple villages that have received meals. During one of his visits, Grant’s grandpa told him that one of the villages had ran out of meals and wasn’t able to feed all of the children. Grant’s mom remembers Grant’s disappointment toward this story, saying, “that hurts my heart, mom.”
This year, Grant’s class at Beaver Creek Elementary held a packaging event at their school. Each student was instructed to help fundraise for the event. Grant’s mom, Carrie Meyer, shared this story with us:
Grant, excited about feeding the hungry, ran upstairs to grab $7 from his room for the packaging event.
The next day, he asked me to pull over on our way to school so he could talk about something he was feeling in his heart. He told me that he wanted to donate $120 to Meals from the Heartland. Grant had earned $120 selling popcorn earlier in the year, which he had planned to use to buy a Lego set.
He asked how many people $120 would feed, and I replied, “600 people.” He then asked if his dad and I would match his contribution so he could feed twice as many people. I had tears in my eyes at this point, and I said of course we would.
Grant, upon learning that his total contribution would feed 1,340 people, replied, “Mom, I think I can change the world and help starving people.”
He continued talking as we pulled up to school, saying, “I need to follow my heart so that kids don’t go hungry. That’s more important than Legos.”
Grant, 7 years old, has changed the lives of starving people around the world with his contributions to Meals from the Heartland. He continues to volunteer at the packaging center with his parents and his friends. Grant’s parents help facilitate conversation with him about what they can do as a family to fight hunger and allow every child to receive a meal. He is truly empowered to save the starving.