Seventeen-year-old Brittany Amano is no stranger to hunger. When Brittany was 8 years old her family was struggling for resources. At age 9, Brittany decided that she wasn’t going to let another family be hungry ever again, and she started a food drive in her community. Brittany continues to shine as she takes the issue of hunger in America by storm. She was selected as one of the winners of the Jefferson Awards’ Lead360 challenge, which activates youth service ideas.
“It showed me even though I was only 9 years old, influence was possible without affluence,” Amano tells PEOPLE. “You can make a difference no matter how young you are.”
Brittany started The Future Isn’t Hungry, a nonprofit aimed at donating healthy meals which are projected to help 625,000 lives by the end of 2015.
Read the rest of this PEOPLE article to learn more about Brittany and how you can be a part of this movement.