Sixth-grader Andrew Fleming and his organization, Andrew’s Fun & Helpful Community, have been awarded a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant through Youth Service America (YSA). The grant will support Andrew and his younger brother, Brycen, in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger.
Andrew’s Fun & Helpful Community will host “Healthy Food, Healthy Goals”, a food drive to benefit Fayette Samaritans, a local food pantry. The event is Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fayette County Public Library at 1821 Heritage Park Way in Fayetteville. The community is encouraged to bring non-perishable items and canned goods to donate. There will be giveaways, activities and more.
One in six children in America are at risk of hunger; one in five children in Georgia don’t have enough to eat. Andrew is one of 114 young leaders across the country who have been 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 philanthropy activities. They join millions of other young people around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 12 – 14, 2019. Celebrating 31 years of youth changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world.
“We want to empower today’s youth because we believe they are the generation to end child hunger. We are supporting young leaders, from elementary to college students, who are dedicating their time to solving this crisis in one of the world’s wealthiest countries,” said Gerri Mason Hall, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Chair and Chief Human Resources Officer, Sodexo North America. “By investing in their efforts on Global Youth Service Day, we hope to ignite the passion in other young people to join the fight against child hunger.”