Our Unique Role
Peyton’s Promise serves as the “middleman” between food drives and organizations fighting hunger. Our advocates encourage the donations of fresh healthy food and eliminate the donations of outdated food. Our advocates run food drives in their schools and communities as well as hosting our stock the shelf events for community members to buy directly from the grocery stores and donate to those in need.
Raise awareness about the problem of hunger
It is important at any age to realize that someone may need a helping hand whether it be a friend, a neighbor, or someone you don’t even know in your community. We have witnessed that anyone can make a difference no matter how young and this leads to our job to empower the youth in our community to fill this role. Giving our youth a voice in the conversation regarding the problem of hunger is one of the most powerful things that we can do.
Keep food pantry shelves stocked
Keeping food pantries stocked is achieved through so many different ways. When advocates participate in our food drive events, they are able to see the physical representation of the difference that one child, one can, or one dollar can make in the difference for a person, family, and community.
Fight childhood obesity
Encouraging movement and eating healthfully can make a huge difference within anyone’s life. By motivating and inspiring students throughout Marathon County we help to create a contagious environment that promotes movement and eating to fuel your body. Our organization encourages families to go to the grocery store and pick out their favorite health food items to donate to food drives instead of the non-perishable items that may be in the pantries already.
Peyton’s Promise started in 2007 after the founder of the organization, Peyton, was watching the news about a little boy from Camden, New Jersey who did not know what the words breakfast, lunch, and dinner were. Peyton asked her parents “Are there children like that who live here?” After her parents explained the local food pantries and how sometimes families need the help of pantries for food Peyton wanted to “fix it”. One food drive turned into another and snowballed into what Peyton’s Promise is today.
Today, Peyton’s Promise has grown to serve over 55 local food pantries in Marathon County. We are proud to be partnered with these amazing organizations in the fight against hunger. With hundreds of volunteers and over 180 advocates working in their schools and their community to organize food drives and spread awareness about the problem of hunger.