Stuart Kellogg & Teresia Gray

In 1992, Stuart Kellogg, General Manager of 16 WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS, came up with the “16-WAPT TV Food For Families Football Challenge” food drive. This food drive would get “rival” high schools to not only compete on the football field, but to also compete in holding a food drive that week benefiting the Mississippi Food Network. To keep it fair, the winning school each week is based on average cans of food per student. The administration, faculty and students all get very competitive, while at the same time are doing a great community service Stuart recruited the help of Teresia Gray, Special Project Manager at the station, to help him in coordinating this food drive. For the past 16 years, Teresia has worked tirelessly recruiting the schools, setting up the schedules, making presentations to the winning schools on Friday night during football season and the annual awards luncheon each spring, setting up media, and all the other details that it takes to conduct a 10-week food drive. Since the first year when 25,098 cans of food were raised until 2007 when 185, 871 cans were raised, this food drive has collected more than 1.8 million cans of food to help feed hungry Mississippians. This is a perfect example of volunteer service by these two people and their employer, WAPT-TV in the battle against hunger. This is a very important project for the Mississippi Food Network in supplying a variety of nutritious, canned food items to our 320 member agencies for the clients they serve. Thank you Stuart and Teresia for your commitment to our organization.