Students continue to give the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan during time of need

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (3/27/2020) - With school out of session, ABC12 School Spirit is adapting just like many of us.

But even with all of the changes, there is one thing that is staying the same: Young adults are continuing to make a difference.

She may only be 14, but Neema Baddem is showing wisdom beyond her years, stepping up for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan during a crucial time of need.

"Donations are especially crucial now as the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting how they operated and get food to people," said Baddem.

The Cranbrook Kingswood High School freshman is starting an online fundraiser for the nonprofit, collecting over $1,500 in just a few days.

"Our goal is $5,000," said Badeem. "But the importance of any donation cant be understated because each dollar is worth six meals."

Food bank CEO Kara Ross said young people like Neema are emerging as heroes during a time when so many will be relying on help from the organization.

"Neema is absolutely amazing," said Ross. "She has really started to do what is the whole spirit of School Spirit. Thinking about other people and community. To raise money and make sure you're helping people that need it right now."

Many other students in our community have already proven they are also leaders, working toward a better tomorrow for the entire community.

"They want to do good things as young adults to help their community and give back and School Spirit is another way that they can do that using some new creative ways," said Ross. "I mean these kids are great, with social media and different ways they want to help during this really difficult time."

Donations can be made on the food bank's website. There is a School Spirit tab that allows donors to select a school and add to their leader board total.

ABC12 will continuing updating the leader board, knowing that the community will come together to support the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan during their fight to end hunger.