The Child Hunger Corps is a national service program designed to increase the capacity and capability of food banks to execute programs targeted towards the alleviation of child hunger. The objective of the program is to increase the number of nutritious snacks and meals served to children in need in local communities across the country. The Child Hunger Corps initiative is sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation.

Today marks the end of the two-year placement for the first group of the cohort. Kim Schrader reflects on the past two years of her experience.

Ivy Baker Priest, the first female Secretary of the Treasury, once said, "The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning." This week marks a moment when the world feels particularly round, as these are the final few days of my two year commitment to the Child Hunger Corps.

Over the past two years, this blog has followed the adventures of my fellow Corps Members and I as we've tackled tough issues, laughed and cried over our mistakes, and celebrated the victories—whether big or small. Feeding America has offered six young adults who care deeply about the issue of hunger a platform to stretch our legs and learn how to better our communities from the inside out. Many of us have put down roots in the food banks and communities we've served and for those of us that are moving on, we're taking many memories and lessons learned with us as we go. It's truly been a honor and privilege to work in an environment where we've felt that our talents have been fostered and where we've been challenged to produce the best outcomes that we could manage.

In the fall, I will attend Virginia Tech in pursuit of my Master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Education, where I hope to continue serving at-risk communities throughout southwest Virginia. I look forward to utilizing the relationships I've made through partner agencies and programs to continue my work in the community and make the most of my educational experience. The past two years have prepared me for this and I could not be more excited. I look forward to the future of Feeding America Southwest Virginia and to the many amazing accomplishments that are still ahead for the other Child Hunger Corps cohorts. While this week is an end in some small way, the beginnings that will stem from these experiences are far greater than we can imagine.

Thanks to our first Child Hunger Corps cohorts and we wish them luck in the future!

Alex Handfinger, Arkansas Foodbank, Danielle Hardre, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Terri Mangano, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Dorothy Mitchell, Oregon Food Bank, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Reggie Young, Houston Food Bank



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