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Peru State student receives Sodexo Foundation Grant to fight childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day 2013


Peru, NE – Rachel Henry, a sophomore from Auburn, Neb., has been awarded a Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant. The grant will support Henry in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger.

Henry’s project, Feeding 44, is a partnership between Peru State, the Food Bank of Lincoln and Catholic Social Services of Southeast Nebraska that creates a rural mobile food distribution center for one of Nebraska’s most food insecure locations, Nemaha County.

Feeding 44 will host a food drive in conjunction with Peru State’s Institute for Community Engagement the week of April 22-27 to commemorate Global Youth Service Day, an international service event celebrating the contributions of children and youth. Barrels will be located in the Student Center and AWAC for students, faculty, and community members to drop off canned goods and non-perishable items. Donations will also be accepted at the Spring Alumni Football Game on Saturday, April 27.

The official launch of Feeding 44 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 10 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center (AWAC) on campus. Distributions will continue to take place on the second Friday of each month during the same time at the same location. Volunteers are encouraged to assist with the distributions.

One-hundred grants of up to $500 were awarded to youth-led projects that aim to reduce childhood hunger in local communities throughout America.  At the same time, grant winners educate and mobilize their peers around the issue, expanding the pool of people actively searching for solutions to ending childhood hunger. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants empower young people as problem-solvers working to improve the well-being and quality of life for their generation.

In addition to Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, Sodexo Foundation has partnered with YSA to support local organizations and educators in service and service-learning projects that engage young people in the fight against childhood hunger in America.

”These grant recipients embody the expression that, ‘youth is the trustee of prosperity,’” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “It will be through their active efforts and ingenuity that we will one day see an end to childhood hunger in America.”

“With energy, creativity and compassion, young people are uniquely positioned to address childhood hunger,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA, a leader in the youth service movement. “Together with YSA and Sodexo Foundation, Rachel Henry and Nemaha County’s young people are taking critical steps to end childhood hunger in their community.”

A complete list of grant winners and their projects is available online at
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Celebrating 25 years of youth changing the world, YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles. Through campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service, YSA Grants and awards programs, and resources and training opportunities, YSA activates millions of young people each year. Working with and on behalf of youth, adult mentors, organizations and schools, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of community action, learning, leadership, and achievement. Visit and for more information.

About Sodexo's Fight Against Hunger   
Sodexo Inc. and Sodexo Foundation work to help end hunger in the United States. Sodexo Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to end childhood hunger. The foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Sodexo Foundation cultivates and maintains strategic partnerships with regional and national hunger-relief entities and youth mobilization organizations-all part of Sodexo's STOP Hunger Initiative, its global program to end hunger and malnutrition in the communities where it operates. Sodexo is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. and funds all administrative costs for Sodexo Foundation, which since 1999 has made more than $17 million in grants to end childhood hunger. Visit for more information.
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