Five Student Teams Nationwide Win $5,000 in Technology Products from the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program

Student-designed projects tackling local hunger and other community needs win tech products for schools and clubs across the country

Dec 17, 2015, 07:00 ET from Lead2Feed

NEWARK, Del., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Empowered to lead. Inspired to Serve. Today five middle and high schools from across the country were awarded $5,000 in technology products as recipients of the Lead2Feed Challenge Early Entry Drawing. These teachers and students are participants in Lead2Feed, the nation's leading and fastest growing free student leadership program that engages students to develop leadership and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing hunger or other community need. Lead2Feed is a Common Core-aligned program inspired by Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands and leadership expert, David Novak, and developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, with support from the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

The winners were randomly selected from registered teachers who completed and entered their Lead2Feed Challenge projects by December 11, 2015. These student-led projects, in partnership with a local non-profit 501c3, ranged from cooking meals for veterans to increasing dog adoption. The technology grants will be used to obtain tablets and computers which will aid educators and students in their efforts to make meaningful change in their communities.

The winning schools include:

  • Johnson Traditional Middle School – Louisville, KY: Filled 1,280 back packs and collected 2,814 cans to support community food pantry Dare to Care
  • Glasgow High School – Newark, DE: Collected food, toiletries and clothing for local shelter Sunday Breakfast Mission
  • Stockbridge High School– Stockbridge, GA: Established an In-house food pantry for Stockbridge HS students, faculty and staff who found themselves in temporary need of food assistance; donated more than 500 items by offering incentives like homework passes and cookies
  • George Washington High SchoolChicago, IL: Collected close to 700 pounds of food creating almost 560 meals for the Greater Chicago Food Depository by encouraging participation from National Honor Society applicants
  • Atlanta High School – Atlanta, LA: Held a variety of community service projects including a can drive and a haunted house to address hunger rand food insecurities in their community

Since its inception three years ago, more than one million middle and high school students from 3,500 schools and clubs across all 50 states have participated in Lead2Feed. Teachers/Advisors can register their student teams for the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program and enter the Lead2Feed Challenge online at for the opportunity to win over $275,000 in charity grants and $170,000 in technology grants for schools and clubs. The deadline for the next Early Entry Awards Drawing is March 11, 2016.

"The Lead2Feed Challenge provides educators with a free turnkey service-learning experience and empowers students to be leaders making a difference in their community and around the globe," said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. "The twice a year Lead2Feed Early Entry Drawings add value and provide another reason for educators and students to get involved."

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Complete rules and details on the Lead2Feed Challenge, including submission for the second Leadership Awards, are available at:

About Lead2Feed
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that solves hunger or other community needs involving a public non-profit (501c3).

About Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning
The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote new opportunities and participation. The foundation welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today's students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary, secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

About Lift a Life Foundation
The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support. David Novak is Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world's largest restaurant companies with over 41,000 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. He has been recognized as "2012 CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world's "30 Best CEOs" by Barron's, one of the "Top People in Business" by FORTUNE and one of the "100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World" by Harvard Business Review. In the April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He also received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He is on the board of directors of the World Food Program USA. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She served on the board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #228 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of more than $13 billion and in 2014 was named one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development.

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