Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Generation No Kid Hungry Celebrate Young People Tackling Childhood Hunger on National Youth Day

Highlighting youth-led solutions today will help ensure no child is hungry again tomorrow
Feb 21, 2019 12:20 PM ET
Press Release

GAITHERSBURG, Md., February 21, 2019 /3BL Media/ – With one out of every six children in the United States living with hunger each day, young people are leading the fight to end child hunger to make sure their peers have access to healthy meals. To celebrate the role of young people in addressing this critical issue, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Generation No Kid Hungry proclaim February 21 National Youth Day.

“We want to empower today’s youth because we believe they are the generation to end child hunger.  We are honoring young leaders, from elementary to college students, who are dedicating their time to solving this crisis in one of the world’s wealthiest countries,” said Gerri Mason Hall, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Chair and Chief Human Resources Officer, Sodexo North America. “By celebrating their efforts on National Youth Day, we hope to ignite the passion in other young people to join the fight against child hunger.”

“Thanks to the support from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, Generation No Kid Hungry can provide resources and a platform for young leaders who are helping to end childhood hunger in their communities, “ said Jill Davis, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at No Kid Hungry. “Between fundraising and volunteering with local organizations, our Generation No Kid Hungry network is amplifying the issue of child hunger as well as exemplifying how it is a solvable problem. We are proud to partner with Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and celebrate National Youth Day dedicated to all young anti-hunger leaders across the country.”

Watch the #NationalYouthDay Kickoff Facebook video to learn how to share your stories.

Join the National Youth Day Twitter chat on February 21 at 4 p.m. ET to spotlight the important role young people play in combatting childhood hunger. Use #NationalYouthDay and follow along at

Also on February 21, National Youth Day will be celebrated on No Kid Hungry executive chairman Billy Shore’s weekly podcast, Add Passion and Stir. Gerri Mason Hall will be a featured guest and more inspiring stories from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation scholars will be featured in the coming months.

Visit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @StopHungerUSA.


About Generation No Kid Hungry

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in six children lives with hunger. Generation No Kid Hungry is a national movement of young leaders dedicated to ending childhood hunger by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. Working within the No Kid Hungry campaign, we won’t stop until every kid in our generation has access to the food they need to succeed. Together, we are Generation No Kid Hungry. Generation No Kid Hungry is made possible through the support of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. To learn more about the No Kid Hungry campaign, visit

About Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation works with and through partners to help end childhood hunger in the United States because no child should be hungry today or risk being hungry again tomorrow. Sodexo, Inc., which funds all administrative costs, and the nonprofit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, mobilize experts, innovators, volunteers and donors to feed children; to advocate for policies to end childhood hunger; and to implement innovative potential solutions, particularly those designed by youth. Since 1999, the Foundation has leveraged nearly $32 million in grant dollars to help end childhood hunger.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Media Contact:

Enrico Dinges, Sodexo, 301-987-4393,