Samantha Kendall, a 10th grade student from Carter County Drug Prevention, received a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant through Youth Service America (YSA). The grant will help Kendall lead a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger.
Prior to COVID-19, an estimated 35 million people in the United States, including 10 million children, were food insecure. This number is expected to increase to 50 million people.
It’s a problem that can be solved, and young people are part of the solution. Youth-led activities will take place on Global Youth Service Day, celebrated on April 29.
Kendall will complete a community garden dedication ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 815 E. Second Street in Elizabethton at 3 p.m.
Kendall is one of 100 young leaders across the country who have received grants to organize projects to end childhood hunger. Grantees will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue to help end child hunger through outreach, service, advocacy and philanthropic activities.
They join young leaders and volunteers around the world in Global Youth Service Day. Celebrating 34 years of youth changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world.
“The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is committed to identifying, investing in and developing innovative, youth-designed and led solutions to fight childhood hunger,” said Joan Rector McGlockton, President of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Associate General Counsel, General Affairs and Litigation. .
“I am humbled by the quality and volume of applications we receive each year,” said Roxanne Moore, Executive Director of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. “Helping and supporting these young beneficiaries – ordinary people making themselves extraordinary – brings the Stop Hunger Foundation closer to its goal of fighting zero hunger in the United States. By investing in their efforts on GYSD, we hope to ignite passion in d other young people join the fight against child hunger.