Student leaders on Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock’s Youth Leadership Council are dedicating this week to fighting childhood hunger in their respective schools and communities. Governor Bullock today kicked off the 4th annual Fight Childhood Hunger Week with a visit to Four Georgians Elementary School’s Breakfast after the Bell program.
“When a child can learn on a full stomach, they have a much greater potential to succeed in school and throughout their lives,” said Governor Bullock. “Student leaders from across the state recognize that they can make a real difference in the lives of Montanans, and they are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work to build a brighter future for our state.”
“These student leaders are the future leaders of our state, and I’m inspired by their commitment to do what’s right for their peers,” said First Lady Bullock. “These students are invested in making no kid hungry a reality, and by doing so, giving every kid that feeling of promise that they can succeed.”
Projects and events will take place throughout this week led by the 20 middle and high school students who serve on the Youth Leadership Council and represent 17 different communities across Montana. Projects are designed to raise awareness of the issue of childhood hunger and help schools and communities to implement food service programs that provide students with the meals they need to succeed.
Fight Childhood Hunger Week events include:
- Billings: Week long food drive at West High, Presentation at Ben Steele Middle school with food drive
- Red Lodge: Week long food drive at Red Lodge High School
- Malta: Fill the freezer event, healthy cooking class with the Boys and Girls Club 5K fun run on Saturday
- Bozeman: Fun Run 1k and 5K; food drive competition
- Butte: Food drive competition; launch Butte High Bag Program
- Polson: Wear Orange Wednesday, school dance with food donation entry
- Plentywood: Week long food drive, Saturday carnival benefitting Plentywood Food Bank
- Choteau: Basketball shootout and fundraiser for food pantry
- Joliet: Dodge ball tournament and week-long food drive competition
- Thompson Falls: Dog agility contest food donation entry fee, raffle to support local food bank
- Frenchtown: Coins for a Cause and Cupcakes for a Cause fundraisers to support school backpack program
- Seeley Lake: School wide food drive all week; 3 on 3 basketball tournament to support food pantry
- Shelby: Weekly food drive, Soup Feed at high school, Dodge Ball Tournament to support food drive
Governor and First Lady Bullock are also encouraging Montanans to wear orange on Wednesday this week to stand united in the cause of reducing childhood hunger in Montana. The color orange represents child hunger awareness.
For a complete list of Youth Leadership Council members and Fight Childhood Hunger Week projects, visit FightChildhoodHunger.com.
The First Interstate Bank Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.
Fight Childhood Hunger Week events are held in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). GYSD is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Now in its 30th year, GYSD is celebrated in more than 110 countries.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service was selected to serve as a GYSD Lead Agency by Youth Service America, the founder and chief convener of GYSD. In total, over 750 young people in Montana will participate in GYSD activities this year. State Farm is the presenting sponsor of GYSD in the United States.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.