The “Everybody Eats” meme started with a teenager and his “pet” deer named Money, and now it's evolved into a non-profit raising funds and gathering supplies for Puerto Rican hurricane victims. Kelvin Peña, 18-year-old Puerto Rican native, surged to internet fame when he started documenting on Snapchat and Instagram his quality time with a buck he named Money, and his Deer Squad of Canola, Bambi and Lola.
Kelvin Pena is a Puerto Rican and Dominican college student who started the Eats Foundation, a non-profit that is currently working to feed hungry families over the holidays. ©Term Cohen / Kelvin Penance, this “Deer Whisperer,” as he's been called, is attending college in Pennsylvania to learn how to best grow his platform to expand the reach of his non-profit, the Eats Foundation.
He named his foundation “Everybody Eats” simply because it's the catchphrase he used while tossing crackers, strawberries and other food to his Deer Squad. Shortly after Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean, Peña made a promotional video to reach his massive following of 142,000 people on Twitter.
Through his Everybody Eats Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, Peña wants to use financial donations to pay to ship supplies to Puerto Rico. So far Peña has collected myriad supplies, from diapers, baby food, feminine products, canned goods and batteries.
Kelvin Pena and the Eats Foundation gathered water, food, toiletries, feminine products and diapers for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria. Kelvin Heathen, just after he finished fourth grade, Peña and his mother moved to Killeen, Texas. “A lot of my friends there, and now I have a platform that only enhances how I can give back more to the people that supported me,” he said.
“I'm a senior at Manhattan College, majoring in English, so I don't know exactly what I want yet. “One of my pet peeves is when people try to look sexy while holding a baby ...
Plus, he's been taking acting classes: “I felt I could challenge myself and my mind more.” “Both in acting class and in life, one major thing I had trouble doing was letting go of my ego.
I live with my grandpa, grandma, uncle, mom, sister, dog. “My short-term goal would be to get back into school for art.
“Skateboarding is one of my favorite things to do, checking out museums and galleries around the city, looking up weird things on the Internet.” “I lived with Jimmy (in Washingtonians) for two years, but now I'm back in Jersey.
I wasn't good at drawing before, but I improved my skills a ton. But other than that, improving the relationship with my brother to build something we never had.
“I want to put my story, how I feel, into music. “Very outgoing, a firecracker, protective of my friends, a very happy person.