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Posted on June 21st, 2013

Kentucky Schools Recognized for Efforts to End Hunger

Two Kentucky schools were among 11 recognized for their efforts involving local hunger relief. The “Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge” awarded the top prize, a $25K contribution to hunger relief, to Saint Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston, Texas. The “Leadership Challenge” is a joint effort between the Lift a Life Foundation, the YUM! Brands Fountation, and the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation.

Mercy Academy in Louisville was recognized as one of the Top 10 Lead2Feed school projects across the nation. Nine Mercy students participated in a variety of projects, including a “Rice Bowl Campaign,” which raised nearly $1200 for a local hunger relief group, to making and selling barcelets to raise funds for a community center. They also raised more than $700 to purchase livestock for women in developing countries.

P.A.T.C.H. (Parents as Teachers in Christian Homes) in Paducah, Kentucky was recognized for a student group that raised $900 to purchase bowls for a local fundraiser. The students then painted, glazed, fired and washed the bowls for the event, which ultimately raised $12,500 to provide nearly 600 meals for a community kitchen.

More than 30,000 middle and high school students in 1,500 schools participated in the nationwide challenge that enouraged students to work on their leadership skills through projects that focus on eliminating hunger. The Yum! Brands Foundation will provide $250K in grants to 140 schools for use in hunger relief in their communities.

The “Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge” is a teacher-led educational program combining standards-basedcurriculum about leadership with the challenge of solving world hunger.

For more information about the Lead2Feed program, other winning schools, or the charities involved, click here.