Kids Against Hunger Founder Wins the Prestigious Jefferson Award
Kids Against Hunger is thrilled to annouce that Richard Proudfit, the founder of Kids Against Hunger and Feed My Starving Children, has won the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefitting the Disadvantaged.
Known as the "Nobel Prize for public service," the Jefferson Awards are the nation's highest honor for community service. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to recognize, inspire, and activate volunteerism and public service in communities.
Proudfit was honored on June 19 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He won the award for his work in feeding starving children in the United States and around the world. He is responsible for delivering an astonishing 900 million meals to children in need, and he will have provided 1 billion meals before the end of the year.
Proudfit began his lifelong mission to feed the world's hungry in 1974 after Hurricane Fifi demolished large parts of Honduras. The horror of seeing children literally dying around him led him to develop the nutritious food that KAH uses today. His natural ability to invent and his entreprenurial spirit have been invaluable to the lives of many.
Past Winners of this Jefferson Award include Jesse Jackson, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush, Paul Newman, and Bill Gates.
Richard Proudfit also met with Sen. Al Franken to discuss hunger in the United States during his recent trip to Washington.