We hear so many incredible stories of young leaders in our work at No Kid Hungry and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, and so many more from so many of our partners about youth who are passionate and committed to ending child hunger.
Stories like these:
- After an internship at End Hunger Connecticut!, Alana Davidson went back to school at the University of New Hampshire and helped the university create Swipe It Forward - a program for food-insecure students.
- Kaden Newton has always been a fan of his local food pantry, but he noticed that some of his favorite foods were missing. He set out to change that by starting Mac-n-Cheese & Pancakes.
- Cory Nichols founded C the Difference, a nonprofit that helps youth leaders collect and donate food to local organizations.
- Sophie Edwards not only started her own local nonprofit, the Square Meal Project, she also came to DC to meet with her Congressional representatives to talk about how federal food programs can help kids.
Part of bearing witness is to make sure these stories are told, amplified and celebrated. That’s why Generation No Kid Hungry and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation decided to plant the flag on February 21 as National Youth Day in the United States.
This year will focus on youth who are addressing the critical issue of hunger here in America and celebrate their impact. In future years, we hope to pull in new leaders, partners and industries to celebrate young people doing real things to solve the problems our country faces.
No Kid Hungry and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation firmly believe that the promise to make sure every kid gets the healthy food they need cannot be fulfilled without help from the next generation of young leaders. This day is our opportunity to show these young leaders our gratitude for all their passion, commitment and hard work.
Please consider joining us on National Youth Day to share your own stories and amplify the stories of other young leaders. We know these stories are just the tip of the iceberg.