WYCKOFF, N.J. – A 9-year-old Wyckoff boy who raised more than $3,000 to help feed children throughout Bergen County will be speaking about his efforts at Radio City Musical Hall Thursday.
Jake Scoropanos was invited to speak by WE, an international organization that works with young people to promote changing the world. He will be part of the organization’s WE Day, a massive celebration event.
Jake raised the funds to help the Center for Food Action in Mahwah create 700 “Snack Packs” so school-aged children on weekday meal plans would get properly fed on weekends.
The third-grader then enlisted more than 60 volunteers, including his travel baseball team, Cub Scout den, teachers, family and friends to assemble the snack packs at Lincoln Elementary School.
The snack packs include a package of cereal, a fruit cup, a 100% juice box, a microwavable meal, a box of macaroni and cheese, a snack bar and a 2% milk box.
Jake said the experience made him realize that if he can make a difference, people older than him should pitch in.
"I'm only 9. People older than me can raise money and make the world a better place too. I learned a lot. if you just try and do good things, then good things happen," he said.
Jake will also be honored on May 5, at the Making a Difference Awards at Ramapo College.