Sodexo Foundation Honors St Louis-Area High School Senior for Fighting Hunger in the Local Community
May 30, 2013
Lafayette High School student, Nathaniel Noss, earns recognition for his work ensuring that homeless and families in transition have the food resources they need
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 29, 2013 — Sodexo Foundation announced today that Lafayette High School senior, Nathaniel Noss of Wildwood, Mo., has been named a 2013 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recipient for his work fighting hunger in the local community. Noss 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, St. Louis Food Rescue. Noss 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 St. Louis area nearly 23 percent of children are considered “food-insecure” according to the most recent figures from Feeding America. Noss was only 11 years old when he saw the need and started fighting hunger at his local food pantry. By age 15 he was rescuing food from local grocery stores, diverting perfectly safe, healthy and nutritious products from going to waste and delivering it to local food pantries and homeless shelters. Last year, Noss’s Pumpkin Project rescued twenty tons of unused pumpkins from local farms. He worked with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts to cook enough pumpkin bread and soup to feed 50,000 people.
“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. After attending the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, Noss created his own entirely youth-led non-profit, St. Louis Food Rescue. On average he collects 5,000 pounds of food per week and has distributed over 300,000 meals to the needy. His work also supports the 300 homeless that stay at the New Life Evangelistic Center every night and the 600 families in transition at the O’Fallon Salvation Army.
Noss believes that great leaders cannot be indifferent to the needs of the community and they do not sit idle. He says, “Leaders in the fight against hunger must be able to empathize and then be moved to action, using whatever skills they have to assist those struggling with hunger and poverty.”
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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