A new squad of hunger fighters ages 5 to 25 is honored each year with a $5,000 scholarship for their education as well as a $5,000 grant for the hunger charity of their choice. The 20ish under 20ish Hunger Squad are members of the zero hunger generation leveraging their remarkable and unique powers to combat hunger and positively impact their communities across America. View all scholars.
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Presenting The 20ish Under 20ish
Ian McKenna Goncalo, Age 11, Austin, TX
A.K.A. THE GIVING GARDENER
After learning about his sister’s friend who never had Santa visit for Christmas or a meal outside of school breakfast and lunch, Ian created The Giving Garden. The program grows school and community gardens so children in need can take home fresh fruits and vegetables to their families. Ian recruited more than 170 volunteers, raised $8,500, and was able to build 18 raised beds and plant 21 fruit trees. Since 2011, The Giving Garden has produced nearly 2,800 pounds of food for 54 families and the local soup kitchen. Beyond gardening, Ian has hosted cooking demonstrations at area schools and spoken to over 1,000 people about the issue of childhood hunger encouraging other youth to get involved.
Olivia Hodge, Age 17, Blacksburg, VA
A.K.A. THE SNACK PACKER
After recognizing children in her school were hungry, Olivia began working with Micah’s Backpack and her school to fight child hunger in her local community. Olivia organized funds and resources to launch the Bruin Snack Closet so children could discreetly get free snacks during school. She also volunteered with Micah’s Backpack to deliver 70,000 meals in 2015, and helped to expand the summer feeding sites to reach an additional 40 kids. Since 2009, Olivia has helped children access 250,000 meals. Olivia has learned that being a problem solver in combination with being a big dreamer can help make the world a better place one backpack at a time.
Brianna LaFran Moore, Age 20, Oak Park, MI
A.K.A. THE GENERAL
Brianna and her family received support when she was a young girl, and that experience later inspired her to help kids in her community. Brianna is the founder and president of Operation Warm Up/Warm Heart, an organization that focuses on helping those in need of basic necessities. Since 2012, Brianna and her 900 volunteers have served 15,000 children meals through Operation Warm Up/Warm Heart and served nearly 6,000 lunches to children through the “Meet Up and Eat Up” summer feeding program. She also started a pancake meal program providing breakfast for over 5,000 children since 2014. For another charity, she donated $2,000 in nonperishable food items, $2,000 in monetary donations and more than two tons of pop can tabs to be recycled for a donation. Her efforts don’t end there. During the holidays, she collects turkeys, hams and nonperishables providing over 11,000 pounds of food for families in need.
Jackson Silverman, Age 11, Charleston, SC
A.K.A. MR. BIG HEART
Jackson is the founder of I Heart Hungry Kids, an organization that harnesses “Kid Power” by hosting meals packing parties where kids help kids in need. In 2013, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation provided Jackson with a Global Youth Service Day grant to pack 150 bags of food. What started with one grant has grown into a non-profit with 1,477 volunteers who have provided 86,000 meals for local children and raised over $35,000. Jackson has spoken to more than 2,000 kids about child hunger and hopes to continue his efforts and reach more because as Jackson said, “kids listen to other kids and together we change our world!”
Hannah E. Steinberg, Age 20, Scarsdale, NY
A.K.A. THE COUPONER
Inspired by an episode of TLC’s Extreme Couponing, Hannah decided to start Our Coupons Care to channel her passion for couponing to help those in need. Hannah recruited more than 100 volunteers to help her collect and clip coupons to purchase food and nonperishable items for a nearby homeless shelter. As a 2015 regional Stop Hunger honoree a grant allowed Hannah to start shopping for Thanksgiving meals early. She organized a group of her peers for a couponing marathon so that all of the shelter’s families could enjoy a home-cooked meal and have plenty of food during the holiday season. Her donations have helped more than 1,800 people. Since 2011, Hannah has raised over $21,500 and purchased over $108,000 worth of goods to help families that have fallen on hard times.
THE BACKPACKER: Lauryn Hinckley, 16, Bismarck, ND
THE BFF: Madison Taylor, 19, Sugar Grove, IL
THE CONVENOR: Jonah Haas, 18, Baltimore, MD
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER: Cory Nichols, 15, Oceanside, NY
THE FIGHTER: Morlan Osgood, 17, Loveland, OH
THE GOODNESS GODDESS: Madalyn Denton, 18, Spring Lake, NJ
THE GREEN THUMB: Devin Juros, 15, Pleasantville, NY
THE KARE GIVER: Kira Andreucci, 15, Fitchburg, MA
THE MEAL PACKER: Jonathan Fix, 23, Bethesda, MD
THE MINISTRY MAKER: Grace Goehring, 18, Milford, IA
THE PARTY CRASHER: Bradley Ferguson, 15, Northfield, NJ
THE PENNY PINCHER: M’Lea Scott, 17, Memphis, TN
THE PLANNER: Haley Cohen, 18, Sharon, MA
THE PRESIDENT: Daniel Cason, 21, Auburn, AL
THE SIDEKICK: Jackson Dudley, 18, Phenix City, AL
THE STOCKER: Alexa Rosenberg, 18, Trinity, FL
THE SUPER HERO: Ewan Drum, 9, New Haven, MI
THE VISIONARY: Kenan Mujkanovic, 18, Bowling Green, KY
THE WEEKEND WARRIOR: William Winslow, 10, Raleigh, NC
THE WRITER: Amanda Tu, 17, Louisville, KY
By leveraging your unique powers to combat hunger in your community, you could be part of the next 20ish under 20ish Hunger Squad. The application period opens October 5. Email us if you would like to receive messages regarding scholarship information and Stop Hunger.