WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Lucy Babcock, a sixth grade student from Woodland Hills, CA has been awarded a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant through YSA (Youth Service America). The grant will support Babcock in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger.
Service activities will take place on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)—the largest volunteering and service event in the world.
On GYSD, April 22, 2017 from 8:00am – 1:00pm at the Calabasas Farmers Market, Babcock will hold a Fresh Food Drive for an organization called Food Forward. Volunteers will pass out flyers and collect fresh fruit, vegetable, and bread donations while youth musicians play to promote Lucy’s Second Annual Kid’s Charity Concert, which will rock the fight against childhood hunger on Sunday April 30, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.lucyskidscharityconcert.com/.
Babcock is one of 125 young leaders across the country awarded $400 grants to organize projects to help end childhood hunger. Grantees will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue, creating solutions to end childhood hunger through awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropy activities.
Babcock joins millions of other young people around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 21 to 23, 2017. Now in its 29th year, Global Youth Service Day provides an opportunity for young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact in their communities. As the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries and all 50 states.
“As communities are challenged by the reduction in public resources, it makes our vision of a hunger-free America more difficult to attain,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. “Each Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grantee is doing their part to tackle an issue that directly affects one in five of their peers. It will be through their actions and ingenuity that we will one day see an end to childhood hunger in America.”
Founded in 1986, YSA (Youth Service America) supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With half the world’s population under age 25, YSA’s mission is to help young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. As a campaign of YSA and the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.YSA.org and www.GYSD.org.
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
Sodexo Stop Hunger 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, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $22 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. For more information, visit www.SodexoFoundation.org and www.SodexoUSA.com