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Youths break food drive record

MARATHON CO. (WAOW) - A Marathon County teen is inspiring others her age to give back.

Peyton Medick, 16, founder of Peyton's Promise, organized a food drive to celebrate Global Youth Service Day on Saturday.

"This is my passion and this is what I enjoy doing," said Medick.

Medick and about 70 other volunteers collected food and monetary donations for the Peyton's Promise Stock the Shelves food drive. The event began five years ago when Medick held the event at a grocery store, instead of having a birthday party.

This year, the event has expanded to 11 grocery stores throughout Marathon County. Organizers say they set a new record, collecting more than 4,600 pounds of food.

"It's grown a ton and it's collected so much food for the food pantries," said Medick. "I love seeing kids helping out and that's one of our main goals is to involve the youth in the problem and teach them how they can make the world a better place."

When customers entered the stores, volunteers handed them a list of items commonly needed at food pantries. People could buy and then donate the items as they left the store.

"We're trying to make it convenient for people to donate to the food pantry because a lot of people want to help," said Medick. "They just don't know how."

The young volunteers say it feels good to give back.

"Because you know someone else who needs it is going to get it and is going to be happy," said Maddie Martin, a volunteer.

Community members say it's inspiring to see children get involved at a young age.

"Because they're learning too and they'll be the same way [when they're older]," said Mel Sandquist of Wausau.

Medick says she hopes events like this help inspire others to make a difference.

"It's not me collecting all this food, it's every single person who donates one item or tells someone about the problem of hunger," said Medick.

Volunteers will sort the food at The Neighbor's Place on Monday. The food will be distributed to 17 food pantries in the area.

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