Tuesday, March 02, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - In a time when millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table, the ConAgra Foods Foundation, in participation with Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline program, celebrate individuals who help fight hunger in the Champions Against Child Hunger contest.
Five finalists from across the nation were selected in response to their inspiring and persistent work to help end child hunger.
“Each finalist has tackled the issue of child hunger in ways that are unique to the communities where they live and work,” said Chris Kircher, president, ConAgra Foods Foundation. “The five finalists embody the mission of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, and they are truly passionate about fighting hunger and ensuring that all kids have access to the food they need to live active, healthful lives.”
Although the top five finalists, Charlie Kozlesky, Nancy Pope, Tom Ramsey, Eileen Rasnick, and Diane Reeder were chosen by ConAgra Foods Foundation and Share Our Strength, the winner will be decided by consumers.
Through Mar. 18, consumers can cast their vote by visiting Champions Against Child Hunger's Web site. With the generous donation of $20,000 given to Share Our Strength for the competition, ConAgra Foods Foundation pledged to donate $1 more per vote (up to $80,000) until the contest ends.
The money earned during the voting period will be allocated to the winner, the top four finalists and to Share Our Strength or a food bank of their choice.
“Nearly 17 million kids in America struggle with hunger, but the Champions Against Child Hunger are changing that,” said Patricia Nicklin, managing director of Share Our Strength. “We hope that each story serves as an example to others and encourages more Americans to share their strengths to end child hunger in their own neighborhoods.”
With food scarcity at its highest recorded point, the top five finalists for the Champions Against Hunger contest are inspiring examples of an individual's ability to stimulate positive change in their community. They impact lives today for a better tomorrow.