PEABODY, Kan. (KAKE) - Dozens of struggling residents in a small town in Marion County rely on a monthly food bank put on by the church just to get by. Just before the event this month, its freezers went out, and it lost everything. But one of the town's littlest residents stepped up in the biggest way.

"I was super surprised. And I was happy. Excited. And when my mom said she was really proud of me, I felt proud of myself too," said Hannah Winter.

Hannah is a 9-year-old Peabody resident. She's talking about the feeling when, after years of practice, she finally scored her first deer.

But little did she know, this kill would be more important than she ever imagined.

"When we got there, the freezers were empty," said Hannah. "I thought, well, some people have less than I do. So, I decided, hey, let's donate it to the food bank."

When Hannah saw the need, she told her mom she wanted to give her deer away so that no one in her small town would go hungry.

President of the Peabody Food Bank Nathan Gift says dozens of struggling residents rely on it every month, and if it weren't for people like Hannah, it wouldn't have happened.

"You think, man, are we ever going to have enough food for this next time... And all you have to do is put out a notice, you know... Just get the word out. And all of a sudden, there's food," said Gift.

Between donations of two new freezers, lots of food, and lots of volunteers, its monthly event Saturday went on without a hitch – something Hannah says makes her proud of her hometown.

"I think it's amazing how people think of others. And it's wonderful that people are thinking of others and going on there and saying, I want to donate some of this stuff to them," said Hannah.

Gift says the need for food for struggling families in the town has nearly tripled since COVID hit. He says they're always accepting donations of either checks or non-perishable foods. If you'd like to donate, click here or call 620-983-2154 to make arrangements.