Month of a Million Meals: 11 year old volunteer leads the way at Feeding San Diego

Youngest team leader is already veteran volunteer
Posted at 8:29 AM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2020-12-01 17:13:43-05

SORRENTO VALLEY (KGTV): An 11-year old volunteer is proving that age doesn't matter when it comes to helping the hungry.

Aiden Gruby has been volunteering at Feeding San Diego since he was six. His parents brought him as part of a family activity. He was hooked immediately.

"I think it’s really great. I love that feeling of helping people," he says.

He loved it so much that his family started coming every week. When Aiden turned 10, Feeding San Diego asked him to become a team leader.

Typically, the organization waits until people are 13 before they can take a leadership role.

As a leader, Aiden helps with orientation and rules. He also directs volunteers as they sort food.

"I’m just so proud of him wanting to give back to our community," says mom Janessa Gruby. "There are kids who would rather spend their weekend playing sports, or playing video games, and he has asked us to come every weekend."

Aiden says his favorite part of the job is "reclamation," which is the process of checking all incoming food for package integrity, expiration date and then sorting it by category.

He has no plans to slow down any time soon.

"I think it’s really good to help people in need of food," he says. "These are people who have everyday lives and work like full-time jobs but can’t get enough food."

If you want to help Feeding San Diego, click here to donate to 10News' Month of a Million Meals. There is also a telethon planned for Giving Tuesday (November 27) from 4-7 pm. Every dollar donated will buy four meals for a family in need.