Community Engagement
Taking the Hunger Fight to Capitol Hill
Bob Stern
Bob Stern
President,
Sodexo Foundation and
Group General Counsel,
Sodexo

Sodexo Foundation and Share Our Strength have been uniting their efforts in the fight against childhood hunger in America since 2003. Sodexo is proud to be one of the first companies to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry (NKH) campaign. The Foundation’s support for the No Kid Hungry campaign right from the beginning helped Share Our Strength develop the powerful youth engagement strategy that they now are implementing throughout the nation, and it is encouraging to see the impact we have had working together, implementing solutions that break down barriers to ensure kids get the healthy food they need.

Between increasing access to nutrition programs and promoting youth engagement, Sodexo Foundation’s funding over the years has helped the No Kid Hungry campaign reach major milestones as they work to create innovative hunger solutions in communities across America. Seven of the ten states that saw the largest increase in summer meals served to students were locations where No Kid Hungry and its partners were actively engaged. Arkansas had the largest increase, serving nearly 5.6 million meals this summer!

One of the unique aspects of this public-private partnership is mobilizing the next generation in the anti-hunger movement through education and advocacy.  Through its Youth Ambassadors program, the No Kid Hungry campaign allows for college-again youth to join in the fight against hunger. That’s what Generation No Kid Hungry is all about – activating youth audiences, especially on social media. We believe these young leaders can help advocate for a hunger-free America by spreading the word to their families, friends, at school and to government leaders, encouraging them to get involved in their local community.

Today, a passionate team of 13 Youth Ambassadors, Sodexo executives and No Kid Hungry leaders will take their convictions to Capitol Hill and talk with members of Congress about the issue of hunger and effective solutions that can help end hunger in communities across America.

Funding from Sodexo Foundation helped to introduce the No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassadors program, giving teens the opportunity to work with NKH state partners to connect more children with the food they need. These dedicated ambassadors from eight different states come from different backgrounds, but are united in their efforts to support the anti-hunger movement and make a difference.

I am thankful for this group of energetic young advocates who stand as role models and inspirations to us all, and I hope they continue their advocacy work. I am looking forward to recruiting our fifth class of Youth Ambassadors, as well as the launch of the new social media youth engagement platform, Generation No Kid Hungry. As our partnership with Share Our Strength continues, I am hopeful that we will achieve our goals and one day eradicate childhood hunger for good.

We know it’s possible. Will you help us make ending child hunger a reality? Help us grow this movement by sharing this post and spread the Feeding the Movement message.

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