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Brooke Thomas Gives Away 1,000 Lunches a Week to Needy Kids

By Michelle Boudin

Brooke Thomas remembers being just seven while going through the lunch line at Centennial Elementary School in Dade City, Florida, and catching her friends staring at her full tray. "They didn't have money in their account and I felt bad so I bought them food," she tells PEOPLE exclusively. Her mom, Dianna Thomas, had no idea what was going on. "Brooke was going through the lunch money in her account so quickly – quicker than you normally would – so I started asking her what she was buying," Dianna, 42, tells PEOPLE.

"It turned out she was buying food for some of her peers at school," she says. "I realized it was happening on more than one occasion, and that's when we realized the issue with hunger in the area." Read More.

Brooke Thomas honored as Lightning Community Hero

By Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Brooke Thomas as the 33rd Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight's game against the Dallas Stars. Thomas, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to The Thomas Promise Foundation.

The 11 year-old Pasco County school student is making a difference and serving as a positive influence to her peers in the Tampa Bay community. After Thomas's mother discovered that she was running out of her lunch money quickly to feed other students who were hungry, her parents started The Thomas Promise Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on feeding children in the community. Thomas volunteers her time every day after school and at special events hosted by the foundation. Read More.

5th-grader helps feed 1,000 students per week

By Bobby Lewis, WTSP

Dade City, Florida -- Way back when she was in kindergarten, a lifetime ago to a now 11-year-old, Brooke Thomas saw something she didn't like. Classmates of hers were hungry at lunch time and didn't have the money they needed to buy food. So, she grabbed her lunch card and started swiping away.

"Honestly my first thought was, how many sugary sweets is my daughter eating?" said her mother Dianna. "But when I did find out what was going on, I was very proud of her. It was the right thing to do and it shows that she has a really big heart."Read More.


Everyday Hero: Pasco County mom aims to feed hungry school children

By Bill Murphy, Everyday Hero Host

ZEPHYRHILLS - Everyday Hero Dianna Thomas' mission to feed hungry school children in Pasco County started with her daughter. "My little girl is the whole reason that this organization came about," she said. "She was going through money on her lunch account pretty fast, a little bit faster than normal." Dianna's daughter told her mom she was spending the money to buy food for her classmates.

"She was buying them for friends in her class that had stated that they were still hungry," Thomas said. "They would like to buy that but they didn't have money in their account." Read More.