Montanans Join Together to Fight Childhood Hunger with Statewide Events

Projects Led by the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council

HELENA, MT- Members of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council will serve their communities by leading projects during Fight Childhood Hunger Week, a Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) project, April 13-19, 2015.

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest and longest running service event in the world and the only major service occasion dedicated to empowering youth. The Governor’s Office of Community Service has tasked the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council with taking the lead on GYSD in Montana by engaging their peers and communities in service through projects and events aligned with addressing childhood hunger.

“The dedicated middle and high school students who make up the Youth Leadership Council are serving as leaders in their community by working toward solutions to childhood hunger,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Fight Childhood Hunger Week shows that it takes a whole community effort to ensure that children in Montana know where their next meal will come from, and that youth can serve on the forefront of combatting this important problem.”

“These student leaders see firsthand the impact hunger can have on their peers when they start the school day hungry,” said First Lady Lisa Bullock. “I am truly impressed by the amazing things they accomplished to raise awareness of the childhood hunger issue in their schools and communities. I’m honored to help them with their efforts and look forward to joining them for some of their projects during Fight Childhood Hunger Week.”

During Fight Childhood Hunger Week, 35 projects will take place in 12 communities stretching from Kalispell to Miles City. Projects are designed to increase awareness of the issue of childhood hunger, to raise funds and food to donate to food banks that provide resources to food insecure children, to advocate to public and elected leaders about the importance of this issue, and to coordinate volunteers to directly serve the community. Events include:

    • Boulder: School assembly and classroom demonstrations at Jefferson High School on Tuesday, April 14th.
    • Deer Lodge: Community dodgeball tournament to collect canned food items on Wednesday, April 15th.
    • Dell: Community spaghetti dinner on Thursday, April 16th to raise funds to start a weekend backpack program.
    • Great Falls: 5K Fun Run, kids’ activities, and vendor fair at the C.M. Russell High School with First Lady Lisa Bullock on Saturday, April 18th, 10:00am.
    • Helena: School assembly at Helena Middle School with First Lady Lisa Bullock to launch a new school food pantry, Monday, April 13th, 1:50pm.
    • Missoula: Hike to End Hunger with local businesses donating money to the Missoula Food Bank for each individual who hikes up the ‘M’ on Saturday, April 18th.
    • Polson: A showing of the documentary, A Place at the Table, at the local library on the evening of Thursday, April 16th.
    • Volborg: The launch of a new school food pantry at the local elementary school on Friday, April 17th to provide weekend backpacks filled with food. For a complete list of Fight Childhood Hunger Week projects, visit FightChildhoodHunger.com.

Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council members:

  • Holter Bailey, Jefferson High School, Boulder, 12th grade
  • Drew Briggs, Helena Middle School, Helena, 7th grade
  • Tanner Condit, Loyola Sacred Heart High School, Missoula, 11th grade
  • Natalie Hofstad, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, 12th grade
  • Kassidy Hokanson, Ennis High School, Ennis, 10th grade
  • Annie Lewis, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, 12th grade
  • Ashley Pearson, Greenfield Middle School, Fairfield, 7th grade
  • Lindsey Riley, Powder River Co. High School, Volborg, 10th grade
  • Taylor Rost, Polson High School, Polson, 12th grade
  • Marin Sewell, Powell County High School, Deer Lodge, 12th grade
  • Alyssa Shipp, Custer Co. District High School, Miles City, 9th grade
  • Katelynn Sutton, Lima High School, Dell, 10th grade
  • Emily Weber, C.M. Russell High School, Great Falls, 9th grade

Fight Childhood Hunger Week events are also organized by Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps members serving in Great Falls, Kalispell, and Helena.

Full biographies and more information on the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council can be found at FightChildhoodHunger.com.

The First Interstate Bank Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.

Global Youth Service Day events are also being organized by AmeriCorps State and VISTA members. In Butte, Energy Corps members will be planting trees on Sunday, April 19th, and in Kalispell, FoodCorps, Montana Conservation Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA members will be uprooting a community garden at Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, April 18th.

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Now in its 27th year, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 110 countries.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service was selected to serve as a Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency by Youth Service America, the founder and chief convener of Global Youth Service Day. In total, over 750 young people in Montana will participate in Global Youth Service Day activities this year. State Farm is the presenting sponsor of Global Youth Service Day in the United States.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

 

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