Do you know about the Sunday Breakfast Mission?

sbmOn Monday my school had a day off and I got to go to the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington, Delaware to meet Reverend Nancy Wheeler. She gave me and my mom a tour of their building. It was really big, bigger than it looked from the outside. They have rooms for people to eat, for people to read and even for people to exercise and sleep.

Nancy Wheeler was very nice and she was happy that I brought 3B bags to share with the Mission. I brought back packs with school supplies, 55 brown bags and a bag that was full of toiletry items.

She told me and my Mom about a basketball camp they had for kids over the summer. She also told us about other things they do special like at Thanksgiving they give boxes of food to over 1,000 families! They have a special holiday shop, too in December. She said it was decorated really cool last year. They need volunteers to help them with these events and I would like to be able to help this year with my family.


So there are ways you can help. The first way is to stay in touch with them. Sign up to be a volunteer and follow them on social media.

Sign up to be a volunteer

Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Sign up for their newsletter.

Or you can even donate now through their online form.

Kirk Cougars Care – Our first 3B Ripples Student Chapter

kirk middle schoolWe have recruited our first 3B Ripples Student Chapter! Many, many thanks to Kirk Middle School of the Christina School District and to Jackie Kook who has applied as a mentor to start a 3B Ripple Student Chapter.

Their chapter will follow 3B guidelines, but their chapter, Kirk Cougars Care, will be able to choose where to deliver their 3B bags and how they will get students involved. They will report back to 3B a couple times throughout the school year to let us know how they are doing. We’re super excited!

This isn’t the first great thing Kirk has done for their community. Ms. Kook shared “We have started a school garden program to provide fresh produce for the Delaware Food Bank. We also have held supply donation drives and other activities across many disciplines to raise awareness of and benefit people in need.” She says 3B Ripples fits right in with helping to educate students about food security.

Braeden is hopeful he will be able to meet the students and talk with them. We have prepared a starter kit AND this chapter qualifies for financial assistance to help get them started. 3B will be granting the Kirk Cougars Care student chapter with a small seed fund, $50, to get the ball rolling.

Way to go, Kirk Middle School! We can’t wait to work with you.

Happy Friday, here’s a 3B update for you #the3bway

cnn-braedenI am officially a middle schooler. I started 6th grade at Gauger-Cobbs this week. Our mascot is a cobra. I am going to try out for soccer next week. I’m really excited about that, I’ve been wanting to play soccer. I have a locker and we change classes. I have four minutes in between each class. There are A LOT of people in school. So far all my teachers are really nice and I like it.

Yesterday, there was an article that went onto the CNN Health website about young chefs who are paying it forward. It talked about me and also my friend Haile Thomas. Haile started the HAPPY Organization. She travels to teach kids about living and eating healthy. She is a really great chef and she won the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge in 2012.   She’s really cool and we even had her and her Mom come out to Delaware in May because I knew she would be the perfect person to show the kids at the hunger conference how simple it is for them to make healthy snacks all on their own.

3b-ripplesAlso this week my Mom finished up the application for the 3B Ripples Student Chapters program. I came up with this idea for a couple reasons. One because I really want to be able to reach more people in need and I know I can’t do it by myself. But I also really think that other kids probably like to help and to give just like me. And I think that maybe having something in school to help them get into volunteering will make them feel happier and make them look forward to something else in school.

I also found out that I am receiving a special Rising Star in Philanthropy award in November. My friend Caitlin Custer who works at the Food Bank of Delaware, she nominated me and I am so very happy that I was picked for this award. It’s exciting. It makes me feel good that she thought of me and that the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) also thinks that I am a rising star. I will also be on a panel to talk to people about philanthropy on November 17 at the Chase Center. You should come if you can. NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY 2015

lindaprickett-braedenmannering-animalsThere’s a very nice lady named Linda Prickett she works at Waters (Alfred G.) Middle School in Middletown. She gave me bags of stuffed animals, Beanie Babies, to give to kids in need. I can add them to my 3B bags as an extra surprise for kids I meet at the soup kitchens. I think this will be perfect for the holiday season. I am very excited to be able to give out the animals.

And I would also like to thank Wells Fargo in Wilmington and Ms. Meredith for helping to collect school supplies for us to add to bags. Thanks to family and friends and Wells Fargo we were able to give out over 50 back packs with healthy snacks and school supplies to schools this Summer.

menuTwo more things, okay maybe three more things or four…

One is that the Big Fish Grill in Glenn Mills, PA is donating to 3B Brae’s Brown Bags this month as part of their Women & Wine night. We had a fundraiser with them last year, too. They make REALLY yummy food! Like really! And it’s not just for women, anyone can go and enjoy the menu. This year they are even including a really delicious sounding dessert with candy in it!

I’m going to visit the Sunday Breakfast Mission in a couple weeks because I want to be able to partner with them and give them 3B bags and stuff for them to use and give out. I am happy to be able to work with them and I have bags to bring with me, too.

MASVNHealthFairOn October 4, 2015 I’ll be at the Glasgow Park as a sponsor for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Vascular Nursing Health Fair which also has a 5K. You should come to the fair and even sign up for the 5K! All participants will receive a t-shirt and YAY the 3B logo will be on the back.

My Mom and I are flying to Florida on October 1st to meet the great people at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. They invited me to come talk to all the students about Brae’s Brown Bags and also about service and food insecurity. I’m pretty excited about it :)

So I think that is everything. I hope you all have a really great weekend. I’m pretty excited it’s a 3-day weekend. Happy Labor Day!

Thank you doesn’t seem like enough #the3bway

DSC_0933The 2nd Annual 3B Summer Celebration was perfect. I wanted to say thank you on Facebook but then the post got longer and longer and longer and so then I thought I’ll write a blog post.

Thanks to our sponsors who contributed $1,900 to the event it was awesome! Thanks to companies, sports teams and organizations who donated raffle and silent auction items. From donations through the auction, raffles, t-shirt sales and other generous contributions during the event we raised over $1,750 for Brae’s Brown Bags. Many thanks to all our guests who packed 3B bags, we estimate that 225 bags were packed. Three boxes of bags left with friends who planned to give them to folks in need. Many guests took a bag they packed so they could have it on hand in their cars if they see someone who could use the bag on the street. We brought some home, too and we hope to give them to the Sunday Breakfast Mission. We reached out to them last night.

Braeden announced the next 3B project which he has named 3B Ripples – Student Chapters. We will launch applications in the next week allowing schools to sign up to become 3B chapters. It’s an exciting new phase of 3B to get youth involved in service and to help them learn about food insecurity. Together we can make big changes!

To our platinum sponsor The Clemens Family Foundation for your generous donation to help support this celebration. We thank you so much! For all our friends, the Clemens Family companies are Hatfield, Country Family View Farms and Nick’s Sausage Company. They are a great organization with a strong emphasis on philanthropy.

Our gold sponsors, Holman Moving Systems in New Castle, Willey Farms, Margie and Greg Mannering (my gram and pop pop), Terri and Todd Stephan (my grandmom and grandpop), Greg Mannering (my uncle). We couldn’t have made this event possible, especially the t-shirts without your support. Safeway in People’s Plaza for your help with providing food for all our guests!

To Love What You Boo for your raffle items, promo code cards AND silver sponsorship for the event. We cannot thank you enough. Grandom and Grandpop Willey for your support as silver sponsors for this event. We can’t thank you enough.

To the Bear-Glasgow YMCA, Christy’s Confections, Kona Ice in Elkton/Newark, Inflatable R’ Us and 93.7 WSTW for providing the location on a perfect blue sky day, the sweet (sugar free cupcakes never tasted so good), the refreshing snow cones so yummy and WSTW for letting us use your sound system, listen to your music and win prizes at the prize wheel. Thank you so much!

To my family, friends, neighbors who came out in support of 3B. You guys are the best. For everyone who helped set up and clean up. Mrs. Delaware America Alina Pfiefer for coming out on your birthday with your husband to support 3B. You are so nice and you have a big heart and we really like you, we have your autograph on our fridge now. Laura Nash, volunteer extraordinaire, thank you, this event was really so fun and really the best because of your help. Kohl’s on Kirkwood Highway for your two volunteers who came to help!

Our auction and raffle items from University of Delaware Blue Hens Athletics, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Philadelphia Eagles, Big Fish Grill in Glen Mills, PA, UDairy Creamery, Michael’s Craft Store (via Terri Stephan), Starbucks (via Greg Mannering), Portrait Innovations, Adventure Aquarium, Love What You Boo, Camelback Resorts, Splitrock Water Park, Deerfield Golf Club, Panera Bread, Applebees, R T Graham Handmade Jewelry and Senator Tom Carper’s Office. Wow! We don’t know how to express our thanks for all of your support!

Please share your photos on social media #the3bway

Step right up, to the greatest event this summer


There is still time to RSVP for our 2nd Annual 3B Summer Celebration.

Bring your family and friends!

Come one and come all!

It’s going to be epic!

I can’t think of other things to say to explain that you really don’t want to miss this event. We are very grateful that the Bear-Glasgow YMCA has offered use of their outdoor space and pavilion. Super psyched that 93.7 WSTW will be there with their prize wheel and music! We have a HUGE obstacle course from Inflatables R’ Fun for the kids!

I have been working on my speech to give to the guests, because there is so much to say and so many people to thank, but also because we have big news to share about the future of 3B and we want you to be involved.

It makes me so happy to know tall we have accomplished and largely because of your help and your encouragement.

So bring the kids, bring your neighbors and COME ON DOWN! (Or up, depending on where you live) The first hundred people to attend will get a free snow cone from Kona Ice which is sugar-free and vitamin infused!

RSVP to attend at this link:

Many, many thanks to the following local groups, companies, community members who have donated silent auction and raffle items:

  • Deerfield Golf Club
  • Wawa
  • Panera Bread
  • UDairy Creamery
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Wilmington Blue Rocks
  • University of Delaware Blue Hens Athletics
  • Portrait Innovations
  • Starbucks courtesy of Gregory Mannering
  • National Liberty Museum
  • Nutrisystem
  • Senator Tom Carper

Oh the places I do go

flounderI know I promised to update more but it turns out that Summer is pretty busy. It’s a good thing to be busy though. My Mom and Gram have me doing my summer reading and I have a STEM project to complete for school. But it’s not all that type of busy it’s also fun busy, too. My family and I went to Fenwick Island beach for a week. My Grandmom and Grandpop and Aunt Kristin were there also so it was a lot of people. When we went for breakfast on our last day we needed a table for 8! We had fun and even went fishing. I had never been fishing before. I caught a flounder! My brother Finnegan caught a croaker.

So I’m helping with the Summer Meals program. I also visited the Emmanuel Dining Room before leaving on vacation because I had not been there in a little while and I needed to see everyone. I saw Tony and it was good. I didn’t see Miss Mary though. We gave out 70 bags and a lot of books!

southbridge-neighborhood-houseI went to the Neighborhood House in Southbridge in Wilmington. I got to be part of a special event there. I had a table with my information. We let everyone take home a bag so they could give it to someone in need. I hope they found out that it is nice to give.

We’re getting extra busy with the 3B Summer Celebration planning. All the decorations came in the mail. We also just found out that the Kona Snow Ice truck will be coming!!! AND AND AND We have some really cool silent auction and raffle items. If you like sports, like Blue Hens or Eagles… and if you like water parks you definitely need to come to the event. Because the things we have for people to win are super fun!

Summer Meals and Healthy Kids

summer-food-service-program-usda-r1_thumbHave you ever heard of the Summer Meals Program? While school is out for the Summer there are schools across the nation keeping their doors open during meal time. Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger.

My school district, the Christina School District, is participating in these efforts. I’m very happy to be able to help out by giving my 3B bags as an extra bit of healthy after people eat their meals. I am hoping to be able to go to the family dinner every Wednesday night so I can hand out bags when people leave.

The Summer Food Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture. It is a very important program, i was thinking about what these kids would do and I am glad there is an answer to help them.

You can find a location near you by clicking here.

I’m also excited to share that my Pop Pop and me and my mom will be at the Healthy Kids Delaware community dinner at the Neighborhood House in Southbridge in Wilmington next week. We will have bags for all people registered and also be part of their nutrition education session and bringing out super cool trifold.

Summer time fun!

Fun fun fun 3B Summer Celebration Updates & Kid President

15554119049_608a98eb7a_zSummertime. The time of year when I’m not worrying about school and so I can really think more about 3B and share it with you guys.

Couple of things.

1. We pretty awesome silent auction items now from Deerfield Gold Club, Nutrisystem and QVC. We are still looking for more so if you are interested please let us know.

2. I asked WSTW if they would want to come to the 2nd Annual 3B Summer Celebration. YAYAYAY! I have an email from Mr. Mike Rossi of 93.7 WSTW who said he had fun at the 3B Summer Celebration last year and that WSTW would like to attend again this year.

3. Kid President, the very awesome Kid President, the very kid who is a leader and great dancer, is working towards raising awareness about childhood hunger. I think he will be able to really get a lot of people listening and involved and I am so glad he is adding his own style to this cause.Capture

4. Inflatables ‘R Us has agreed to work with us on the big date in August and since our theme is “Survivor” because let’s face it, helping people who don’t have access to healthy food presents a lot of obstacles, we will have an 80 feet EXTREME obstacle course this year!

Registration opens for the celebration on July 6!

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program National Winner

Braeden Mannering Kohls Cares National Scholarship WinnerThe Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program awards youth all over the country for caring. It kind of seems silly but in an awesome way. Shouldn’t everyone choose to care about everyone else no matter what? I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have been nominated for the scholarship by multiple people and also how great it feels to have been chosen as a national scholarship winner.

Kohl’s has this year awarded more than 2,500 winners nationwide with nearly $400,000 in scholarships for higher education and prizes. The winners were chosen from more than 32,000 nominees nationwide, and selected for the positive impact their volunteer efforts have on the community.

The scholarship is for $10,000 and it will go into a college savings plan that my Mom set up for me. They are also going to contribute $1,000 to Brae’s Brown Bags which is very generous.

Thank you to Kohl’s and thank you to the people who nominated me. This is an honor. I can’t wait to tell my friends when I go back to school. I’ll be in middle school this year at Gauger-Cobbs.

You can read about other Kohl’s Cares winners in these stories:

Thank you to all the media people who cover the good news!

STOP Hunger Scholars Celebration

Over the weekend I went with my parents into Washington, DC and North Bethesda for the STOP Hunger Scholars Celebration with the Sodexo Foundation. We took the train Sunday morning and had a dinner Sunday night and then a great big huge dinner Monday night. There were over 1,000 people there on Monday night!

brae-sodexoI met Ellie Krieger, she is a Food Network chef and has her own healthy eating TV show. She was very nice. She interviewed me up on stage along with Lorna Donatone, she is the COO of Sodexo.

Five scholars across the nation were chosen for their service work pertaining to ending hunger. The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship for their education as well as a matching grant for the hunger charity of their choice. So very generous!

18267503164_f2b7eb2fcf_zWe all shared our #EndingHunger dreams and this was mine, that everyone would have access to healthy food and clean water regardless of their financial situation. Make sure you download your own selfie sign so you can share your big dream for ending hunger. I think everyone who attended the dinner and the other four scholars all feel the same way. It was so nice to meet everyone. Amazing people with BIG dreams who are doing really awesome things.

The Sodexo Foundation, and their pal Corey, created a super awesome video where all five scholars got to say hi to each other and talk about what they are doing in their communities to help end hunger and provide hunger relief. To Sophie Bernstein, Caroline Ford, Kylee McCumber and Isaac McFarland, I’m so humbled to have met you and very proud to call you my friends.


Click to watch our STOP Hunger Scholar Video

The couple days I had in Washington, DC were just so fun. And the people at the Marriot were SO NICE TO US! They brought us mints, three mints every day. Their pool was so nice, I loved it, I wish i could have gone and swam for longer. The woman who checked us in asked about Brae’s Brown Bags and she was so emotional when I told her and my Mom ended up giving her a hug later because she kept apologizing for crying.

I’m feeling pretty lucky about everything.

The whole Flickr photo album is available for everyone to look through, too.

Thank you, thank you, everyone!