GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by a stranger's act of generosity, Julia Pipkins has worked for more than a decade to help families and children facing hunger. Her commitment to helping those less fortunate earned her recognition by the Sodexo Foundation as a 2011 Hero of Everyday Life. Pipkins will be honored by the anti-hunger charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc., at the foundation's annual fundraising dinner on June 9 in Washington, D.C., where she will also receive a $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of her choice, Voice of Hope.
Pipkins is a senior instructional designer at Sodexo and has helped over 700 low-income families through personal outreach efforts and her work with Voice of Hope, an organization that provides children living in the neighborhoods of West Dallas with strong role models, educational support, life skills, and family support services needed to become productive citizens. She organizes volunteers and food drives, solicits donations, and provides school supplies for hundreds of children. Pipkins also understands the importance of breaking the poverty cycle, and has donated countless hours of her time to counseling youth in juvenile detention centers and teaching English as a second language in her community.
"Julia Pipkins is a great example of how each of us should take hunger personally, providing real solutions to people in the communities around us," said Robert A. Stern, president, the Sodexo Foundation. "It is especially important where childhood hunger is concerned, given the life-long impact that a reliable source of food can make in a child's health and academic performance."
One in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child, and more than one in three households served by food pantries includes children. In 1999 the Sodexo Foundation was created to advance Sodexo's commitment to fight hunger. In January 2011 it announced a renewed commitment to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life.
Pipkins is one of eight Heroes of Everyday Life recognized by the Sodexo Foundation. The other heroes include: Angel L. Gonzalez, Camden, N.J.; Charmion Wood, Gaithersburg, Md.; Frances M. Williams, Philadelphia, Pa.; Kerwin M. Higashi, Redmond, Wash.; Lucas Minor, Bellingham, Wash.; Patty Johnson, Willowbrook, Ill. ; Ryan Wilson, Allison Park, Pa.
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Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
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