Global Youth Service Day 2022… Local student receives Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant to fight childhood hunger

Published 3:29 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Samantha Kendall, a 10th grade student from Carter County Drug Prevention, has been awarded a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant through Youth Service America (YSA). The grant will support Kendall in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger.
Before COVID-19, it was estimated that 35 million people across the United States — including 10 million children — suffered from food insecurity. That number is expected to increase to as much as 50 million people.
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, being celebrated on April 29.
Kendall will be completing a ground breaking ceremony for a community garden 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 awarded 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 philanthropic activities.
They join young leaders and volunteers around the world as part of 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 scaling innovative, youth-designed and youth-led solutions to childhood hunger,” explained Joan Rector McGlockton, Chairperson, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Associate General Counsel, Corporate Affairs & Litigation.

“I am humbled by the quality and volume of applications we receive each year,” said Roxanne Moore, Executive Director, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. “Helping and supporting these youth grantees — ordinary people that make themselves extraordinary — brings the Stop Hunger Foundation closer to its objective of working toward zero hunger in the U.S. By investing in their efforts on GYSD, we hope to ignite the passion in other young people to join the fight against child hunger.”

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