LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It was a tragedy that led to an anti-hunger movement in the city – the death of Bobby Ellis.

In 1969, the 9-year-old died from starvation the night before Thanksgiving. He weighed only 20-pounds.

Ellis’ tragic death ultimately led to the creation of the Dare to Care Food Bank.

City officials, including Mayor Greg Fischer, honored Ellis by silently walking one mile to the place where he passed away.

“One hundred eighty-one thousand people living in Kentuckiana today lack access to enough food to live a healthy life and we find that unacceptable. That’s why we’re here tonight – to remember Bobby’s legacy and remind ourselves that our work isn’t done and we aren’t gonna stop until we do – ensure a hunger-free Kentuckiana,” Brian Riendeau said.

The Dare to Care Food Bank has been fighting against malnutrition in our community for years in honor of Ellis.

In the past year, they have provided nearly 20 million meals to the community.