Victory Against Hunger Award, 2005
WSC STUDENTS TO RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD
Representative McGovern to present
“Victory Against Hunger Award”
(WORCESTER – October 3, 2005) Students of Worcester State College will be recognized for their work with the Worcester State College Food Assistance Program with the prestigious “Victory Against Hunger Award” from the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC). Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA) will present the national award to the program director, Maureen Power, Ph.D., chair of the Urban Studies Department and executive director of the Intergenerational Urban Institute (IUI), at a “Victory Against Hunger” Celebration Breakfast on Tuesday, October 11, 2005, in the Blue Lounge of the Student Center at Worcester State College.
“As part of a joint service learning project, traditional and elder students at Worcester State College were involved in seven outreach sites and have been involved in door-to-door food stamp outreach,” said Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA), who is the CHC board co-chair. He, along with his co-chair, Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), expressed that, "The Victory Against Hunger Award winners are living examples of men and women who are citizens and not just spectators. Every one involved with these anti-hunger organizations is dedicated to getting food into the hands of those who might otherwise go without."
Under the direction of Maureen Power, a team of WSC students worked at St. Paul’s Food Pantry doing online food stamp applications under the sponsorship of a grant from Project Bread. Other students worked with the Worcester Housing Authority, informing residents of the new food stamp benefits available to SSI recipients. In addition, the students worked in conjunction with Worcester County Food Bank, Worcester Community Action Council, Rachel’s Table and Brigham Hill Community Farm.
“Our students are making an effort to help put food on people’s tables,” said Power. “They are trying to help those who qualify for food stamps receive the help they need to keep their families healthy. It is work that matters and the students are really psyched to be involved.”
The IUI is a learning community of young, middle aged, and elder students who learn to work effectively in service to the wider Worcester community.
The Congressional Hunger Center’s mission is to fight hunger by developing leaders who have a shared commitment to a nation and a world free from hunger. It embodies the spirit and goal of the former House Select Committee on Hunger, “to find real solutions to hunger and poverty.”
The annual “Victory against Hunger Awards” was established by David Kantor, President of Victory Wholesale Grocers, to recognize outstanding organizations in the United States that work to end hunger at the local level.
For more information about the IUI at Worcester State College, call 508-929-8900.