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May 15, 2020
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7-year-old creates a food pantry forhis community during the coronavirus outbreak

A 7-year-old from Gaithersburg,Maryland has created a food pantry to help his community get much-needed itemsduring the coronavirus pandemic.


Cavanaugh Bell, a 7-year-old from Gaithersburg, Md., hascreated a food pantry to help people get essential items during the coronaviruspandemic. Bell said this started out as a way to help his grandmother, whohas asthma, and the people who live in her community during the coronavirusoutbreak.

Bell received donations from several companies including papertowel maker Brawny, which gave him his first 500 rolls.“I've got all these bigcompanies to supply stuff for me, I just feel so thankful,” Bell told FoxNews.


Bell’s food pantry has served over 3,756 individuals andrecently caught the attention of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., whoinvited the first-grader to a Zoom session to chat about his charitableactions and inspirations. According to Bell, speaking with Harris was the“best day of his life.”

During the Zoom call with Harris, Bell asked thesenator, “When you were my age did you know you wanted to help others?” and thesenator replied, “Yes, I did know I wanted to help others, I didn’t start afood pantry though. That is a very big deal. I always felt very stronglythat when people are in need of help you should help them.”As the conversation continued, Bell asked Harris, “What is the first thingyou want to do when this pandemic is over?” Harris answered, “I want to hug mybaby nieces who are 1 and a half and 3 years old. I miss seeingeverybody in person.

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