Sodexo Foundation Honors Milwaukee-Area Eighth Grader for Fighting Hunger in the Local Community
May 30, 2013
West Middle and High School student, Zach Harmon, earns recognition for more than seven years of work battling hunger faced by area residents
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 29, 2013 — Sodexo Foundation announced today that eighth grade student, Zach Harmon of New Berlin, Wis., has been named a 2013 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recipient for his work fighting hunger in the local community. Harmon 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, New Berlin Food Pantry. The Milwaukee-area 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 Milwaukee area nearly 20 percent of children are considered “food-insecure” according to the most recent figures from Feeding America. For the past seven years, Harmon has worked to end hunger in the area by collecting more than 15,000 food items and raising in excess of $5,000 to help feed children and families. He also volunteers to sort and organize some 30,000 pounds of food during Stamp Out Hunger, the annual U.S. Postal Service food drive. His commitment even includes providing the New Berlin Food Pantry with fresh produce from his family’s garden.
“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. One way that Harmon accomplished this was by using his own birthday money to create an annual food drive, which he dubbed Z-Drive. Through that effort he is able to fill the shelves of the New Berlin Food Pantry every April.
“I’m amazed at how the community and local businesses come out to suport my efforts,” said Harmon. “I reach out to family, friends and everyone I can. The generosity and compassion they all show is just so rewarding.”
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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