Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, today announced that they were awarded the Public Affairs Council's annual Grassroots Innovation Award for a month?long advocacy campaign to activate current and develop new hunger advocates around Hunger Action Month (HAM). Since 2000, the awards have recognized the nation's best grassroots programs and campaigns.
Feeding America received the award on Friday, January 22, during an awards ceremony at the Public Affairs Council's National Grassroots Conference where they had the opportunity to present their Hunger Action Month advocacy campaign to grassroots professionals from across the country.
The Hunger Action Month advocacy campaign, executed in partnership with DDC Advocacy, utilized a single portal for activity to serve as the hub in a nationwide contest among Feeding America's 205 member food banks in which food bank supporters would take the most actions to fight hunger to earn the most"minutes" during a one-month period. The food bank with the most"minutes" received a truckload of food from Kraft Foods.
The grassroots competition encouraged activists to take specific action while also helping to recruit thousands of new advocates.
"This award is a great honor for us and shows how valuable grassroots advocacy can be in helping us advance our hunger-relief efforts," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."The program proved to be one of our most concentrated advocacy efforts to date–recruiting a total of nearly 5,600 new hunger advocates."
Past innovators have been large and small organizations representing a wide variety of industries, including Best Buy, Entertainment Software Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Grassroots Enterprise, Westfield Group, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Adfero Group, Cartoon Network, ClearWay Minnesota, National Association of Realtors, The Regence Group, Natural Products Association and Consumers Union.
"Through the Grassroots Innovation Awards, the Public Affairs Council seeks to recognize organizations whose creativity and dedication positively impact the practice of grassroots," said Rikki Amos, associate director, political involvement programs, Public Affairs Council."Feeding America's 2009 food bank competition shows others in the field a new way to motivate and build a community of advocates not just for one day but for many days and years to come."
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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.