Richard Proudfit, the founder of Kids Against Hunger, joins CIA Director General David Petraeus, Harry Connick, Jr., and Branford Marsalis as Recipients of Nation's Highest Honor for Community Service at June 19 Ceremony
The nation's highest honor for community service was awarded on Tuesday, June 19 for extraordinary individuals and organizations whose selfless, noble and compassionate work has improved the lives of countless people and amplified our collective commitment to helping one another and contributing to the larger good. Known as the "Nobel Prize of public service," this year's Jefferson Awards – now in its 40th year – recognizes contributions to service in eight separate categories, including: Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official; Greatest Public Service by a Public Citizen; and Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged.
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. We achieve this by harnessing the power of volunteers (ages 5 & up) to package highly nutritious food in over 50 food packaging satellites across the United States, 1 in Canada and 2 in Africa! Here in Lincoln, through the Center For People In Need and lower-income elementary schools we are able to provide much needed food to those in need. Partnering with humanitarian organizations worldwide - Kids Against Hunger distributes a specially formulated rice-soy casserole meal to starving children and their families in more than 40 countries through orphanages, schools, hospitals and churches.