Young Leaders Awarded Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants to Fight Childhood Hunger on Global Youth Service Day 2019

One hundred and eleven young leaders have been awarded Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants through Youth Service America (YSA). The grant will support youth-led community service projects that address the issue of childhood hunger.

One in six children in America is at risk of hunger. This is a problem that can be solved, and young people are a part of the solution. Youth-led activities will take place on Global Youth Service Day April 12-14, 2019 - the largest youth service and civic action event in the world.

One hundred and eleven young leaders across the country were recently awarded $400 grants to organize projects to help end childhood hunger. Grantees will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue to help end childhood hunger through awareness, service, advocacy and philanthropy activities. They join millions of other young people around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 12–14, 2019. Celebrating 31 years of youth changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world.

“We want to empower today’s youth because we believe they are the generation to end child hunger. We are supporting young leaders, from elementary to college students, who are dedicating their time to solving this crisis in one of the world’s wealthiest countries,” said Gerri Mason Hall, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation chair and chief human resources officer, Sodexo North America. “By investing in their efforts on Global Youth Service Day, we hope to ignite the passion in other young people to join the fight against child hunger.”

This year's grantees include:

Project Name Grantee City State Sponsoring Organization
Garden-Fresh Produce Pickup-W.F. Killip Elementary Brooke Flagstaff Arizona W.F. Killip Elementary School PTO
End Childhood Hunger Now-ISKCON Shreya Tucson Arizona ISKCON
Packing the Pantry-Pulaski County Youth Services Ciara Little Rock Arkansas Pulaski County Youth Services
Hope Garden-A Bit of Hope Inc. Brynn Marion Arkansas Hope Garden-A Bit of Hope Inc.
Central Jr High Thrift Store-Central Junior High Sydney Springdale Arkansas Central Junior High School EAST Program
Sprouts 4 Kids-High Country 4-H Annalisa Anza California High Country 4-H
Peanut Butter and Jelly “No Empty Belly” Food Drive-University High School Milan Irvine California University High School
Promise Scholars Hunger Project Miguel Pacoima California Youth Policy Institute
Peanut Butter Jelly Time-Norte Vista High School Audrey Riverside California Norte Vista High School Global
Growing Art-Colorado Young Leaders Gerson Englewood Colorado Colorado Young Leaders
Cooking for Yourself: A Project to Fight Hunger Jesse Shelton Connecticut Southwestern AHEC Inc.
Fresh Produce for Every Child-Creation Kids Village Naiya Celebration Florida Creation Kids Village
“Sack Out Hunger” Naudia Century Florida Northview High School
Youth Planet Savers Dexter Fort White Florida Young Marines of North Central Florida
Fill the Pantry-Hurlburt Youth Programs Taylor Hurlburt Field Florida Hurlburt Youth Programs
Cleaning Cars for Cans-Eau Gallie High School BLAST program Christian Melbourne Florida Eau Gallie High School BLAST program
Food, Clothes, Toys, Flowers and Books Distribution-Joshua’s Heart Foundation Colin Miami Florida Joshua's Heart Foundation
Single Stop’s Students Garden-Miami Dade College Quran Miami Florida Miami Dade College
Ending Hunger via mobile pantry Emanuel Oviedo Florida Kids Need Support 2
Seeds for Sprouts Ainsley Tampa Florida Howard W. Blake High School
Youth Backpack Feeding Program Kemaria Albany Georgia Southwest Georgia Regional Interfaith Coalition
Backpack-a-thon-Working Together for Change Christina Alpharetta Georgia Working Together for Change
CMS Gardens Natalie Covington Georgia Cousins Middle School
NOA (Nourishing One Another) Taylor Douglasville Georgia Youth Villages AmeriCorps
Helping hands against hunger-PTA / Fulton Leadership Academy Kedar East Point Georgia Fulton Leadership Academy
Healthy Food, Healthy Goals Andrew Fayetteville Georgia Fayette Samaritans
Project S.E.R.V.E-Miller Grove High School PTSA Lauryn Lithonia Georgia Miller Grove High School PTSA
Urban Farm Initiative-SCAD Back40 Brooks Savannah Georgia The Savannah College of Art and Design
Project G.R.A.P.E. Eric Stone Mountain Georgia Easton Banks Learning and Life Center Inc.
Savannah Youth Unlock Solutions to Hunger Through Urban Farming-912 Food Truck Emma Claire Thunderbolt Georgia Forsyth Farmers Market Inc.
Push -4- Kids-Crossroads Student Ministries Jamal Toccoa Georgia Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church (Crossroads Student Ministries)
Aloha to Breakfast Buddies!-Blue Zones Project Haeri Honolulu Hawaii Iolani School
Healthier Food, Healthier Families-University Laboratory School Gia Kaneohe Hawaii Bridge Club Hawaii
Move Out For Hunger-Olivet Nazarene University Food Recovery Network Madeira Bourbonnais Illinois Olivet Nazarene University
Feed The Streets #3 Gwendolyn Chicago Illinois Englewood Dream Team
Supporting Impoverished Children in Indiana Luke Fishers Indiana Huggable Happiness Corp
Miss Virginia’ s Food Pantry and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen-Windsong Pictures Inc. Anna Fort Wayne Indiana Windsong Pictures Inc.
Hoops For Hunger and Health Fair-DJ Center for Youth Inc. Zaria Indianapolis Indiana DJ Center for Youth Inc
Edggie Veggie Collaborative Outreach Program Calla-Marie South Bend Indiana Unity Gardens Inc.
Spring into Seeds – Drake University Laura Des Moines Iowa Drake University
Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Megan Sumner Iowa Sumner-Fredericksburg FFA Chapter
Mobile Food Distribution Family Resource Bags-Kansas State University Katie Manhattan Kansas Kansas State University
Care Closet-Shawnee Heights High School Bryce TECUMSEH Kansas Shawnee Heights High School
Berea Kids Grow Delaney Berea Kentucky Glades Christian Church
The Edible Schoolyard AugustLee Louisville Kentucky Louisville Nature Center
Georgetown Central School Art in the Garden-Georgetown Central School Lainey Georgetown Maine Georgetown Central School
UMBC UNICEF Club’s Food Scarcity Carnival-UMBC UNICEF Club Fatimah Baltimore Maryland UMBC UNICEF Club
Snack Packs-NCCF Kade Bethesda Maryland NCCF
Kokua Foods: Meeting the Need-Small Things Matter Lana Rockville Maryland Small Things Matter
Kokua Foods Lillian Silver Spring, Maryland TPMS – Difference Makers
Feeding the Hearts-Family Development and Samaritan Foundation Damilola Upper Marlboro Maryland Family Development and Samaritan Foundation
Moving by Grace Maurice Upper Marlboro Maryland First Impressions Enterprises Inc.
Food and Garden Class-Patrick J Kennedy Elementary School Anna Boston Massachusetts Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School
This Little Light of Mine-Helen Keller School Grace Franklin Massachusetts Helen Keller Elementary School
Global Goal #2 No Hunger: Food Chain Rebecca Littleton Massachusetts Girl Scout Troop 61150
Build a Garden at Boland-FoodCorps/Edward P. Boland Elementary School Kali Springfield Massachusetts Edward P. Boland School
Stop Childhood Hunger-The Little Stars Foundation Anna Canton Michigan The Little Stars Foundation
Feeding our Future Lucas Gaylord Michigan Otsego County EMS
GYSD – Mobile Food Pantry Kaelen / Maria Monroe Michigan Monroe County Opportunity Program
Sustainable Garden Practice-Partridge Creek Farms Austin Negaunee Michigan Great Lakes Recovery Center
14th st Community Garden expansion Christopher Redford Michigan Peace Tree Parks
Campus Cupboard-Anoka-Ramsey Community College Hinnah Coon Rapids Minnesota ARCC Foundation
Kelliher Kits – Kelliher FCCLA Triann Kelliher Minnesota Kelliher Public School (FCCLA)
Gardening with Kids Savannah Moorhead Minnesota The Gifted Learning Project
Service Day Saturday-Harriet Bishop Elementary School Shrey Savage Minnesota Harriet Bishop Elementary School
Grow Healthy Sophie St Louis Missouri StLVolunTEENnation (volunteennation)
Spreading Nutrition Tara St. Louis Missouri Volunteen Nation
Food Can Drive!-Just For Kidz Shristi Wildwood Missouri Just For Kidz
Growing Food for the Community while helping 4H and Scouting Shawn Omaha Nebraska Aquatic Society of Omaha INC
Food: the Good, The Bad, The Ugly–the Movie!-Alchemists’ Workshop Carson Henniker New Hampshire Alchemists’ Workshop
Freshman F.I.R.S.T. Rise Against Hunger Campaign Gizelle Burlington New Jersey Burlington Township High School
Super Senior Strong!-Harvest Family Success Kyle flemington New Jersey Harvest Family Success
Operation Stop Hunger-American Legion Post 295 Bradley Northfield New Jersey American Legion Post 295
Promise Garden-Girl Scouts Troop 80877 Gabriella Piscataway New Jersey Girl Scout Troop 80877
Saving Mama D’s Garden!-SCVTS Alex Woodstown New Jersey Salem County Vocational Technical Schools – Garden Club
5th Annual Knight Pack Walk and Food Drive Alexis Windsor New York Windsor Knight Pack
The Garden of Eating-Serve To Lead Alex Asheville North Carolina Serve To Lead
Food and Funds Drive for BackPack Buddies William Raleigh North Carolina The Food Drive Kids
FAN (Food/Fitness and Nutrition) Club Casey Winterville North Carolina Love A Sea Turtle
Makoti Community Garden Vanessa Makoti North Dakota Mountrail Pioneers 4-H Club
One Seed At A Time-Center for Community and Civic Engagement Emily Bowling Green Ohio Bowling Green State University
CFHS Fresh Farm Extension-Cuyahoga Falls High School Bella Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Cuyahoga Falls High School
AquaVeg-Heir Force Community School Alan Lima Ohio Heir Force Community School
CCYC Garden Cooking Club-Clinton County Youth Council Darrian Wilmington Ohio Clinton County Youth Council
Growing Food for Growing Kids Shannon Klamath Oregon Agri-Camp USA
The Plant that Keeps on Giving – Potato Michele Aliquippa Pennsylvania Hopewell High School
Zach’s Salad Bar Zach Aliquippa Pennsylvania Hopewell High School
Children’s Garden-Friends of Johnston Inc. Olivia Bethlehem Pennsylvania Friends of Johnston Inc.
Empty Bowls-Greater Johnstown High School Key Club Emily Johnstown Pennsylvania Greater Johnstown High School Key Club
A Community Health and Investment Project Aliyah Philadelphia Pennsylvania sadaqah4you Inc.
“We Need You” finding solutions to Childhood Hunger and Poverty-We Need You Inc. Nakirah Philadelphia Pennsylvania We Need You Inc.
Packing Party-I Heart Hungry Kids Jackson Charleston South Carolina I Heart Hungry Kids
Y.E.P. Hunger Elimination Initiative-An Invitation to Prayer Outreach Ministries Bethany Columbia South Carolina

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Packing and Snacking -Claflin University Kendall Orangeburg South Carolina Claflin University
U-pick for Hunger-Katie’s Krops Addison Summerville South Carolina Katie’s Krops
Gardens to Give-Katie’s Krops Ian Summerville South Carolina Katie’s Krops
New Beginnings-Growing A Healthy End To Hunger-Katie’s Krops Katie Summerville South Carolina Katie’s Krops
Chosen For Change In Serving Our Community-Prophetic International Ministries Taylor Gallaway Tennessee Prophetic International Ministries
Growing, Harvesting, and Eating Oh My!-South Knoxville Elementary Mikaya Knoxville Tennessee South Knoxville Elementary
Stone Soup Project-Martin Enrichment Academy London Martin Tennessee Martin Housing Authority
Community Garden -Youth Enrichment Services Isaiah Austin Texas Any Baby Can
trays-to-tummies Harsha Dallas Texas Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Graced to Give Nakendal Dallas Texas I am Chasing Grace Inc.
Kans for Kids’ Franklin Food Drive Eleanor El Paso Texas Franklin High School
Gardening Buddies-SGP Interact and Kindness Crew Ximena Grand Prairie Texas SGP Interact and Kindness Crew
J-Serve 2019 Leah Houston Texas Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Matthew’s Birthday Wish Backpack Program Matthew Spring Texas Matthew’s Birthday Wish
NEST Nurtures Shreyaa Ashburn Virginia NEST4US
Backpack Buddies-Dan River Year AmeriCorps Emily Danville Virginia Dan River Year AmeriCorps
Horticultural Internship Program Ronnaysha Norfolk Virginia TWP-The Youth Movement
Evergreen Middle School ASB – Food For Thought Garden Elias Everett Washington Evergreen Middle School-ASB, Everett, WA
Focus on being fed, not hungry! Patrick Kenova West Virginia Kenova United Methodists Church

Founded in 1986, Youth Service America (YSA) is a nonprofit organization that supports youth to learn the skills they need to find their voice, take action and have an impact on critical challenges facing their communities. To measure its global impact in more than 100 countries, YSA aligns its outcomes with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 21st Century Skills. To learn more or for more information, visit and

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation works with and through partners to help end childhood hunger in the United States because no child should be hungry today or risk being hungry again tomorrow. Sodexo Inc., which funds all administrative costs, and the nonprofit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation mobilize experts, innovators, volunteers and donors to feed children, to advocate for policies to end childhood hunger and to implement innovative potential solutions, particularly those designed by youth. Since 1999, the Foundation has leveraged nearly $32 million in grant dollars to help end childhood hunger. For more information, visit and 

Source: Youth Service America


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