TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kate Joyce, a former Peace Corps
Volunteer from Baltimore, Md., credits the Chocolate Affair, a fundraiser to
support the Center for Poverty Solutions, for introducing her to the Edible
School Yard program. Joyce has become a leading advocate in the fight against
hunger and was recognized by The Dannon Company as the 2004 Strike Out Hunger
Challenge winner for her unique efforts in helping to fight hunger.
The Dannon program recognized families and/or organizations that are
helping to strike out hunger in America and specifically in their own
communities. Joyce's award includes a $10,000 donation for her chosen
charity, the Center for Poverty Solutions, and $1,000 in free groceries for
her and her husband.
"When I returned from the Peace Corps, I wanted to combine my love for
gardening with my passion to help feed the hungry. The Edible School Yard
program not only accomplished this, but also provided a wonderful platform to
educate children about nutrition," said Joyce, who currently holds two part-
time jobs, both associated with helping out her community. "While I don't
have any children of my own, I feel that through my work, I can help teach
children why it is so important to strike out hunger."
Since Joyce started volunteering at the Center for Poverty Solutions, she
has become a tireless advocate in the fight to strike out hunger by educating
children and teachers on the importance of helping to end this sweeping hunger
problem. Joyce has taken on many different roles at the Center for Poverty
Solutions. She built an organic garden/outdoor classroom by introducing fresh
produce into the daily diet of school children at low-income schools. She was
responsible for assisting a group of children from a variety of schools in
measuring the garden, building its beds and sowing donated plants. To ensure
that horticulture and gardening is not forgotten, she has also developed a
curriculum for teachers to follow when educating children on the subject, and
hopes this knowledge will encourage the children to incorporate gardening and
nutrition into their daily lives.
"Kate Joyce's volunteer work at the Edible School Yard program is a true
embodiment of the dedication and creativity that we were searching to identify
with the Strike Out Hunger program," said Juan Carlos Dalto, President and
Chief Executive Officer of The Dannon Company, Inc. "We hope that Joyce's
commitment and drive serves as an inspiration to all Americans. We are
pleased to reward Kate for the difference she is making in her community."
Dannon and America's Second Harvest (A2H), the nation's largest
organization of emergency food providers, partnered for the third straight
year to help bring awareness to and educate the public about the growing
problem of childhood hunger. The Strike Out Hunger program included the essay
contest and a financial click-through donation program at dannon.com, which
raised $100,000 (or 1.5 million meals) for A2H.
Along with selecting Joyce as the grand prize winner, Dannon selected four
runners up. The runners up each won $1,000 awarded to their chosen hunger
charity and $1,000 each in free groceries for their families. Following is a
list of the runners up:
Jaime Parker, Bordentown, N.J. -- College-aged student, Jaime Parker
volunteers at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) in Trenton, N.J. Her
volunteer work includes full-time over school vacations and part-time during
the week when school is in session. She is also responsible for tutoring
students at TASK enrolled in the Adult Education Program.
Senior Gleaners, Sacramento, Calif. -- The Senior Gleaners is an elderly,
all volunteer, non-profit organization. The Gleaners supply food and
household products to over 400 charities. In addition, they also hold a Basic
Baby Needs Project which is dedicated to helping feed infants and toddlers by
nourishing their diets and providing supplies. The program purchases and
distributes baby food, formula, and diapers to struggling and food insecure
Michelle Hartman, Carrollton, Texas. -- Michelle volunteers at the
Metrocrest Food Pantry, where she turned her shopping hobby into a volunteer
job. Michelle is an avid coupon saver; she collects coupons and purchases
food which she in turn donates to the Metrocrest Food Pantry. Hartman finds
creative ways to secure donations such as contacting managers of grocery
stores going out of business to donate food and products. In 1998, her best
year, she purchased nearly $7,000 worth of food for just under $500.
Ruby Russell, Denver, Colo. -- Having previously experienced the pains of
hunger, Ruby prioritizes volunteering. She not only volunteers at the Food
Bank of the Rockies, but also runs her own hunger-relief program, the Heart
Food Bank. This food bank is run from her home, but she willingly delivers
food and essential items for those unable to come to her. In addition, she
makes sure there are healthy snacks for Sunday School classes as well as after
school refreshments. Her other activities include cooking and serving a
monthly dinner at her church for those less fortunate.
The Dannon Company, Inc., is a leading national producer of yogurt
products in the United States with corporate headquarters in White Plains, NY,
and plants in Minster, OH; Fort Worth, TX; and West Jordan, UT. With a strong
commitment to high-quality, wholesome, nutritious and innovative products,
Dannon produces about 6 million cups of yogurt each day in almost 100 flavors,
styles and sizes. For more information about Dannon, visit the company's Web
site at www.dannon.com.
America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief
organization with a national network of more than 200 regional food banks and
food-rescue programs, serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico. It distributes
almost 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.
America's Second Harvest's network supports approximately 50,000 local
charitable agencies, operating more than 94,000 food programs, including food
pantries, soup kitchens, women's shelters, Kids Cafes and Community Kitchens.
These local organizations provide emergency food assistance to 23 million
hungry Americans, including more than 8 million children and 4 million seniors
SOURCE The Dannon Company