Tennessee teen donates $45,000 to food bank

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The success of a Tennessee teen’s charity has led the young philanthropist to be able to donate $45,000 to fight food insecurity.

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Earlier this year, William Cabaniss, 14, started Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization selling vanilla extract with proceeds going to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee to help provide meals to those in need, WATE reported.

“My goal is to help people and raise as much money as I can and help as many people as I can,” he told WATE earlier this year.

Through homemade vanilla extract, Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow has taken the baking world by storm while positively impacting this community. Each bottle of vanilla donates $14 to Second Harvest. For Double Your Donation Day, Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow has donated $45,000! Watch here for a message from William, the founder of Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow! You can get your vanilla and support Second Harvest Food Bank here https://vanillafeedstomorrow.com.

Posted by Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee on Thursday, December 10, 2020

He started the nonprofit organization during the coronavirus pandemic after noticing the strain on food banks as more people struggled and depended on them.

Cabaniss makes and sells the vanilla extract himself. The large bottles sell for about $30, WVLT reported. He donates $14 from each bottle sold to the food bank.

On Thursday he donated $45,000, which will provide 135,000 meals.

I am so grateful for everyone who bought my homemade vanilla extract, made meal donations, and helped spread the word...

Posted by Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow on Thursday, December 10, 2020