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Richard Proudfit, the founder of Kids Against Hunger, joins CIA Director General David Petraeus, Harry Connick, Jr., and Branford Marsalis as Recipients of Nation's Highest Honor for Community Service at June 19 Ceremony

The nation's highest honor for community service was awarded on Tuesday, June 19 for extraordinary individuals and organizations whose selfless, noble and compassionate work has improved the lives of countless people and amplified our collective commitment to helping one another and contributing to the larger good. Known as the "Nobel Prize of public service," this year's Jefferson Awards – now in its 40th year – recognizes contributions to service in eight separate categories, including: Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official; Greatest Public Service by a Public Citizen; and Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged.

 

"At a time in our nation's life when our political differences appear to be accentuated, these exceptional individuals and organizations remind us of America's shared values: our willingness to assist others, to give back and to place as a priority our collective desire to improve the world around us," said Sam Beard, who with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. founded the Jefferson Awards in 1972. "While we have experienced incredible change over the last 40 years, one thing remains constant: a commitment of service to others. Service is a part of the fabric and character of our country, and it's seen in the extraordinary work that our recipients are doing every day to touch the lives of so many people. As we spend this year looking ahead to the next 40 years of service, we want to call attention to the many new and innovative ways that people are now connecting to and helping others."

Richard Proudfit has dedicated the last 35 years of his life and contributed over 5 million dollars of his personal monies to feed hungry and starving children. Now in his eighties, Mr. Proudfit continues to inspire and lead the cause for millions of children he refers to as his own children. A true visionary and social entrepreneur, Richard has fought to establish 100 Kids Against Hunger Satellites (each operating as a 501C3 Charitable Organization) across the United States and Canada. Here in Lincoln, we begin our 6th year of packaging in our borrowed warehouse this September having provided in excess of 5,000,000 meals to children and their families locally, across the US and world-wide.

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