Teenage Role Model

Jackie Price

Jackie Price, left, has raised more than $15,000 for the Great American Bake Sale

Jackie Price plans to be a chef someday. For now, she’s just a hero.
A senior at Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., Price started her own Great American Bake Sale effort at the age of 13. Four years later, she’s raised nearly $15,000 and is a four-time nominee for Share Our Strength’s GABS Leadership Award.
If those efforts weren’t enough, Price is an online advocate for hunger relief via her blog www.forgoodnessbakes.webs.com. The site offers a variety of resources including a menu of treats that may be purchased to benefit SOS.
We met her at this year’s SOS Conference of Leaders in Baltimore and knew Price is truly a Tyson Foods Hunger All-Star.
She learned about Share Our Strength while watching a public service announcement on her favorite channel – The Food Network. Price said hunger advocacy was a natural progression since cooking is her calling and she was looking for outlets to volunteer.
The first year she scored a free booth at Rockville’s Hometown Holidays, a Memorial Day weekend celebration that features cultural and culinary fare. Price sold out on day one that first year racking up more than $800 in sales. By the second day’s end, she had sold out again and pushed her tally to more than $1,700.
“Over time we got smarter about how much to bake,” Price said. “I really got excited about the cause, and after I realized how much money we would really raise, I just knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Eventually she wrote Duncan Hines about helping sponsor her GABS efforts. The company came through donating frosting and cake mix and even some fund matching through a partnership with SOS.
Although the majority of Price’s fundraising is done through sugary treats, she said emphasizing healthy eating choices for kids is equally important. She writes about the latter at www.healthyteenfoodie.blogspot.com.

Jackie Price’s Tips for Having
A Successful Great American Bake Sale
Here are a few tips for high school students or others who might like to start their own Great American Bake Sale campaign:
1) Latch on to a festival or other community event. The increased foot-traffic will do wonders.
2) Use Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale resource page. There are posters and other materials that will give you more confidence in how to run your sale
3) Keep it simple by preparing traditional recipes. Chocolate chip cookies, for instance, sell faster
4) Have fun

The Power of Giving



Students from the ’09 Las Vegas Student Food Drive

By Susan Brockway

At Tyson Foods, we recently wrapped up our third year of sponsorship of the Student Food Drive.  For food banks and families at risk, it is now time to evaluate if this was a success or a program that did not meet expectations.  My job is to assemble the numbers, look at the investment, measure the outcomes and see if in fact this was a good investment of resources over the past three years. 
I would be the person grant writers hate. 
As I took calculator in one hand and pen in the other, my unbiased evaluation was tempered by one memorable experience:  A sixteen year old young woman came and talked to me in Las Vegas and told me a story about a family’s kids who had only one certain meal a day, and that was at school.  Often, the family split up at friends’ homes for dinner.  Most of the time everyone got something to hold them over until the next day. The family was hers.Yet this young woman brought in one case of canned fruit and said her contribution would help another family. My heart hurt for her, not out of sympathy but out of pride. Never underestimate the power of our children.  In the end, they understand more than their years. 
It was an honor to meet the hundreds of young people who will change how we look at hunger.  Support them on their journey. 

Where’s the next generation of hunger fighters going to come from?



High School Students in Las Vegas Fighting Hunger for Three Square Food Bank

By Ed Nicholson

Take a look around food banks, food pantries and hunger relief organizations, and you’ll see some phenomenal volunteers; engaged, dedicated, selfless, energetic, intelligent, passionate. 

Problem is, a whole lot of these volunteers are, shall we say, of "a certain age." (And I can use the categorization because I’m every bit of "a certain age" myself).  Not as many younger folks. 

So what’s going to happen when those in our generation retire from volunteering? 

For the past three years, at Tyson Foods, we’ve been piloting The Student Food Drive with selected Feeding America food banks across the country.  This effort engages high school students in raising funds and food for their local food bank. It requires a coordinated effort among schools, food banks, and local sponsors, but done right, the results are phenomenal:  Students become aware of hunger in their own community, while developing leadership skills.  If the food bank makes the effective connections, they have stakeholders for life. 

In 2009, these food banks/ communities are joining others who have come on board to do Student Food Drives in the past three years:

Southeast Missouri Food Bank   Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Lowcountry Food Bank     Charleston, South Carolina
Mountaineer Food Bank    Gassaway, West Virginia
Channel One Food Bank    Rochester, Minnesota
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana     Muncie, Indiana
Three Square Food Bank       Las Vegas, Nevada

So what are you doing in your community to "rejuvenate" the pool of enaged hunger fighters?


Six Student Food Drives Kick Off






Above—Students from St. Paul, Arkansas, at the kickoff of the Northwest Arkanas  Student Food Drive

 Tyson product donations accompanied the kickoff celebrations of six Student Food Drives across the U.S.  This year, Student Food Drives will be benefiting America’s Second Harvest Food Banks in Moline, Illinois; Amarillo, Texas; Memphis,  Tennessee; Northest Arkansas; Waterloo, Iowa; and Phoenix, Arizona. 
 Tyson donated a truckload of food for each event, with product totalling more than 212,000 pounds. The donations will be divided among student teams to account for their totals in the food drives. 
 The students will be blogging about their experience in the Student Food Drive at www.studentfooddrive.org.