Hunger & Beyond: Feed the Need in Your Community
In the first 3 years of Lead2Feed students discovered the hunger needs in their community and designed and implemented a variety of projects to fill that need. Now students can work on any need in their community, partnering with a 501c3 registered charity, and complete a project.
While fighting hunger students logged some amazing results:
- 75,000 lbs of food collected and donated
- 1.2 million meals served
- 124,000 meals packed for worldwide distribution
- 100+ gardens planted
- $250,000 raised and donated
- 22,000+ volunteer hours
- Original design and production of cookbook, poems, storybooks, songs, artwork, posters, lesson plans, t-shirts and awareness presentations
We can’t wait to see what new ideas and projects will fill the need of communities across the USA in new and bold ways!
Here are the top winning projects in the Lead2Feed Challenge for the past three years.
Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK – The prestigious ALL IN Leadership Award goes to Eisenhower High School’s Ignition mentors, a group of senior class leaders who motivated the entire school to participate in Lead2Feed, successfully raising more than the total funds needed ($2,715 or 21,000+ pounds of food) to run the local Salvation Army chapter for three months. Eisenhower High School has been a Lead2Feed Challenge honoree since 2013.
The Harbour School at Baltimore, Owing Mills, MD – Over the course of 4,500+ service learning hours, the special needs student team, Harbouring Hope, developed a local, national and international initiative with themed action packs about the social issues of hunger, poverty and illiteracy that were mailed to 16 states and seven countries. The team wrote and published children’s books about each of the social issues. In addition, Harbouring Hope and its partners collected over 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to donate to the Maryland Food Bank.
Odessa High School, Odessa, WA – The school’s FBLA chapter conducted two leadership projects aimed to support important needs in their area. Students planned, cooked and delivered 1,500 meals to the Mt. Tolman Fire Center to feed those battling Washington’s largest wildfire. The meals fed the firefighters three times a day for one month. Students also implemented the Weekend Backpack Program with 2nd Harvest Food Bank by securing sponsors who donated $6,974 for weekly backpack kits of food for weekends, Christmas break and through the summer. Odessa High School was a 2015 Lead2Feed Challenge winner.
Menchville High School, Newport News, VA – The entire high school led a variety of service learning events, including collecting 6,594 canned items and $1,000 in donations for the Peninsula Food Bank. Ten thousand meals and $3,000 were raised for Stop Hunger Now. Students also illustrated a coloring book that was donated to every elementary school student in Newport News and crafted ceramic bowls for Empty Bowls Auction and Fundraiser. Menchville High School was a 2015 Lead2Feed Challenge honoree.
Port Chester Middle School, Port Chester, NY – Inspired by the book “A Long Walk to Water”, eighth graders at Port Chester Middle School’s PC Hydration Nation team have committed to raise $10,000 through social media and school-wide initiatives for Water for Sudan, an African charity that builds wells in villages and inspires local communities to build schools in Sudan. This project helps give children access to water and education to break the cycle of poverty.
Seneca High School, Louisville, KY – The Redhawk Rangers student team “adopted’ the community of Auxier to meet a variety of needs. The students donated over 350 nonperishable items and toiletries to the Auxier food pantry and installed new roofs over two homes and a school building. In addition, the team launched the Healthy Smiles campaign, reaching out to the Auxier community’s dentist offices, churches, and Hand In Hand Ministries to donate 1,500 dental supplies and nonperishables. Seneca High School was a 2015 Lead2Feed Challenge honoree.
Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, VA – A team of students creatively collected over 1,100 pounds of food and raised hundreds of dollars to combat hunger in their community through events like Movie Night Food Drive with “Stacy Clause,” and a school-wide food drive. They also started the “Little Grizzlies” backpack program to supply food to elementary students who are food insecure.
Doss High School, Louisville, KY – With a team of more than 50, these students created an international festival for their community, held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and hosted a Local Area Network party, while running a concession cart during all events. This group raised nearly $4,000 to ensure Syrian refugees had meals upon their arrival to Kentucky. Many on the team were ESL students who were recent immigrants themselves.
Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, FL – A team of ninth graders collected 1,831 pounds of food equaling more than 3,000 weekend meals to students who are hunger insecure in the Miami-Dade area. These students not only support their school, but 15 local schools depend on these ninth graders for weekend meals as well.
Odessa High School FBLA, Odessa, WA – Seven local students raised more than $8,800 to sponsor 55 food kits over 35 weeks for students in need. Students also created a sustainable backpack initiative, made available on weekends when the majority of hunger agencies are closed, to ensure no community member is left hungry. Odessa is a town of 900 homes and 200 students, 75 miles from the nearest major city.
The Harbour School at Baltimore, Owing Mills, MD – This group of motivated students utilized 3D printing technology and social media to drive awareness around local hunger issues across Maryland and 10 other states. The school united with a local Middle School to raise over 200 pounds of food. This is the second year The Harbour School has won the Lead2Feed grand prize.
The Harbour School at Baltimore, Owings Mills, Maryland – A diverse group of students delivered gardening kits to 17 schools across eight states, packaged over 650 pounds of food and hosted a hunger education day for more than 100 people in the community.
Belgrade High School, Belgrade, Montana – A team of high school agriculture students published a children’s book to raise hunger awareness in their community. The team also painted wheelbarrows, called “Mealbarrows and placed them around town as food donation spots. They then auctioned the meal barrows, raising nearly $2,000 for their local food bank.
Brielle Elementary School, Brielle, New Jersey – Eighth graders, in the county hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, volunteered more than 900 hours, collecting and delivering 2,700 pounds of food. The students also raised nearly $4,000 for their local food bank through an online food drive.
Raymond S. Kellis High School, Glendale, Arizona – Seven high school students raised funds, secured sponsors and collected donations to assist 35 families in the Mexican community of Arizpe. The students also delivered clothing, nonperishable food items and a donated solar panel to the Arizpe community. *Update – the students used their $25,000 winning grant to start a non-profit and continue the work of feeding and supplying the Arizpe community.
The Walter Damrosch School, Bronx, New York – A team of students worked with two local organizations to collect canned goods and nonperishable items to feed 525 people in their community. Students visit their local food pantries every Thursday to serve lunch. The students also used the World Food Program USA’s website to raise more than 60,000 grains of rice for hungry children around the globe.