Governor Steve Bullock today kicked off Fight Childhood Hunger Week during a visit to Sentinel High School in Missoula. Student leaders on Governor and First Lady Bullock’s Youth Leadership Council are dedicating this week to tackling childhood hunger in their respective schools and communities.
“Childhood hunger is a problem that we can solve, and one that we must solve,” said Governor Bullock. “From Hamilton to Malta, these remarkable students are working in their communities and schools to raise awareness of this important issue and make every bit of a difference for the kids who come to school hungry.”
During the visit, Governor Bullock participated in an event to fill the fridge and freezer at the Family Resource Center at Sentinel High School where students will have access to healthy foods throughout the school day. He also met with students and teachers who are planting a community garden at the school.
“Preventing childhood hunger today is an essential step toward strengthening families and communities, and for improving the health and economic stability of Montana for years to come,” said First Lady Bullock. “I applaud the efforts of these students in shaping a brighter future for their peers and for the state of Montana.”
Nineteen middle and high school students from throughout Montana were selected to serve on the Youth Leadership Council and attended a training retreat at the State Capitol in the fall. Student leaders are tasked with raising awareness of the issue of childhood hunger, and organizing and implementing projects for Fight Childhood Hunger Week, April 17 - 23, 2017.
During the fourth annual Fight Childhood Hunger Week, over 35 projects will take place in 15 communities stretching from Hamilton to Malta. Projects are designed to increase awareness of the issue of childhood hunger, to form weekend backpack and school breakfast programs, to advocate to public and elected leaders, and to coordinate volunteers to directly serve the community.
Fight Childhood Hunger Week signature events include:
- Browning: Planting of native plants at the school community garden and traditional meal event on Wednesday, April 19.
- Charlo: Community Dinner on Tuesday, April 18.
- Dillon: Collections for a new food pantry at Beaverhead County High School; grand opening on Friday, April 21.
- Hamilton: Community Fun Run to benefit the weekend backpack program on Saturday, April 22.
- Helena: Establish a new food pantry at CR Anderson Middle School all week.
- Kalispell: Launch new features for the MontanaEats App on Friday, April 21.
- Malta: Healthy cooking classes from Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 20; 5K Fun Run fundraiser on Saturday, April 22.
- St. Ignatius: Community Dinner on Wednesday, April 19.
Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council members:
- Isabella Aaseng, Frenchtown Junior High School, Frenchtown, 8th grade
- Taetumn Bailey, C.R. Anderson Middle School, Helena, 8th grade
- Ammra Berger, Skyview High School, Billings, 11th grade
- Emma Blakely, Sentinel High School, Missoula, 10th grade
- Emily Brurud, Havre High School, Havre, 12th grade
- Tiffanie Carter, C.M.Russell High School, Great Falls, 11th grade
- Benjamin Costin, Malta High School, Saco, 9th grade
- Emma Gunderson, Choteau Junior High School, Choteau, 7th grade
- Brittany Hanson, Shelby High School, Shelby, 10th grade
- Sierra Hutchin, Charlo High School, Charlo, 11th grade
- Bonnie Jones, Malta High School, Malta, 9th grade
- Vanessa Kent, Charlo High School, Charlo, 11th grade
- Josephine Lange, Hamilton High School, Corvallis, 12th grade
- Quinn McKearman, Sentinel High School, Missoula, 11th grade
- Tessa Sawyer, Beaverhead County High School, Dillon, 12th grade
- Kaitlyn Sharp, Browning High School, Browning, 12th grade
- Sophia Skwarchuk, Flathead High School, Kalispell, 12th grade
- Kylee Wells, St. Ignatius High School, Arlee, 10th grade
- Olivia Zepeda, Hamilton High School, Hamilton, 10th grade
Full biographies and more information on the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council can be found at FightChildhoodHunger.com.
The First Interstate Bank Foundation and Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day are the signature sponsors of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.