Appleton 3rd grader donates dollar to feed the hungry, and issues a challenge

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - An Appleton third grader is the inspiration behind a Facebook campaign asking people to donate a dollar to feed the hungry.

Already it's raised more in a week than anyone expected.

At just 9 years old, Greyson Peters of Appleton seems to have a passion for feeding the hungry, and last week during a school lunch at Woodland Elementary he let his friend's mom, Angie Slinger, know about it.

He did so by offering her a dollar to cover her son's lunch, and when she declined he made a special request.

"He took the dollar and he handed it to me and looked me right in the eyes and said, 'Mrs. Slinger', he said, 'this dollar is for you, and if you use it the right way you can feed the entire world,'" said Slinger.

After a few days of thinking, Slinger says she launched the "3rd Grade Dollar Challenge" on Facebook.

On it, she's asking people to match the dollar donated by Greyson to benefit Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

The organization's president, Patti Habeck, said, "We will use that dollar locally, and we have the ability to leverage and scale the dollars that are donated to us to purchase a lot of food at a big scale and we're going to make sure that food becomes available to food pantries across our local region."

The goal was to raise at least $200, but already more than $4,000 has been generated.

That money alone is enough to provide about 14,000 meals.

Greyson says he never expected such a response.

"It just makes me feel good that I did that and I just feel very kind for doing that and I feel happy, and I also feel happy for all the people getting fed," he said.

If you would like to help out donations are being accepted through the end of this month. Click here.

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