Sodexo Foundation Honors Bay-Area Tenth Grader for Fighting Hunger in the Local Community
May 30, 2013
Lick-Wilmerding High School student, Kiran Sridhar, earns recognition for innovative approach to reducing food waste and feeding the hungry
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 29, 2013 — Sodexo Foundation announced today that tenth grade student, Kiran Sridhar of Woodside, Calif., has been named a 2013 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recipient for developing a creative web-based solution for fighting hunger in the local community. Sridhar will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and a $5,000 matching grant presented in his name to the hunger-related charity of his choice, Waste No Food. The Lick-Wilmerding High School student will be formally recognized on June 6th at the 14th Annual Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Nationally, hunger continues to affect more than 50 million people – 16 million of them being children. In the Bay area nearly 27 percent of children are considered “food-insecure” according to the most recent figures from Feeding America. Sridhar witnessed the need firsthand while volunteering at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, seeing children his own age waiting in line for a meal. After learning that a third of all food produced in California was wasted due to insufficient food distribution he founded his own non-profit, Waste No Food. The organization provides a web-based marketplace that solves the problem of insufficient food distribution by matching potential donors with charities.
“Volunteer efforts like these are essential in helping to improve quality of life for those in our communities – particularly at this time of year,” said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. “According to a recent survey, 43 percent of low-income families already struggling to put a meal on the table are faced with food budgets that can increase by an estimated $300 per month when school lets out.”
The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to help eliminate hunger in America. Sridhar’s efforts have rallied forty-two food donors and two hundred volunteers. As a result, his non-profit has donated more than 31,000 meals to the hungry and raised approximately $12,000. Under his leadership, donations have doubled every quarter since his non-profit’s inception.
“If you are sincere and work with integrity and strong conviction, you can make a big difference in your community,” said Sridhar.
The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship is named for Sodexo Foundation’s founder and former president, who was an unstoppable champion in the fight to end hunger. To date, Sodexo Foundation has awarded 145 students with scholarships and grants for their hunger-related charities totaling $420,000. See the full list of 2013 national and regional Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholars at www.SodexoFoundation.org.
As the leading provider of Quality of Life services, fighting hunger is the focus of Sodexo’s community service efforts. It also supports our Better Tomorrow commitments and STOP Hunger program, which mobilizes entire Sodexo communities, including employees, consumers, clients, and suppliers to help end hunger.
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