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Jackson Silverman, a seven-year old native of Charleston, South Carolina, has been awarded a $500 Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant. One-hundred grants of up to $500 were awarded to youth-led projects that aim to reduce childhood hunger in local communities throughout America.  The grant will support Jackson, who founded the South Carolina non-profit I Heart Hungry Kids with his younger brothers Gabriel and Riley, in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger in our community on Global Youth Service Day on April 26, 2013, an international service event celebrating the contributions of children and youth.

For his Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant project, Jackson will host an I Heart Hungry Kids Packing Party on Friday, April 26th from 6-8 pm at the Lowcountry Food Bank located at 2864 Azalea Drive in North Charleston. In addition to speaking to the attendees about the issue of childhood hunger in our community, Jackson will lead a group of youth volunteers in packing bags of healthy food to feed over 100 kids for a weekend as part of the Backpack Buddies program.  Local Sodexo employees from MUSC will also participate in the event.  Jackson also asks that participants bring kid-friendly foods such as granola bars, cereal, and fruit cups.  Kids of all ages are welcome, especially those under the age of 14.  He has also designed a t-shirt to raise money for childhood hunger and will have them available for purchase at the event or here.

As Jackson likes to say, "Kids helping kids: that's how we get the job done!"

Grant winners educate and mobilize their peers around the issue, expanding the pool of people actively searching for solutions to ending childhood hunger. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants empower young people as problem-solvers working to improve the well-being and quality of life for their generation.  In addition to Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, Sodexo Foundation has partnered with Youth Service America to support local organizations and educators in service and service-learning projects that engage young people in the fight against childhood hunger in America.

"These grant recipients embody the expression that, ‘youth is the trustee of prosperity," said Robert A. Stern, chair, Sodexo Foundation. "It will be through their active efforts and ingenuity that we will one day see an end to childhood hunger in America."

"With energy, creativity and compassion, young people are uniquely positioned to address childhood hunger," said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA, a leader in the youth service movement. "Together with YSA and Sodexo Foundation, Jackson Silverman and Charleston's young people are taking critical steps to end childhood hunger in their community."

A complete list of grant winners and their projects is available online.

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