Stop Hunger Now announces winner of the 2015 Clinton Hunger Leadership Award

February 11, 2015

Submitted by Chessney Barrick Pullen, Director-Communications and Cause Marketing, Stop Hunger Now

Maria Rose Belding, 2015 Clinton Hunger Leadership Award winner. Courtesy: Stop Hunger Now

Maria Rose Belding, 2015 Clinton Hunger Leadership Award winner. Courtesy: Stop Hunger Now

Maria Rose Belding from American University has been selected as the 2015 President Clinton Hunger Leadership Award winner for her dedication and leadership in the fight against hunger. The cash award is co-sponsored by Stop Hunger Now and NC State University Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS). The award will be presented at the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit on Feb. 21, 2015, at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Canada.

“I am honored and humbled by my selection as the Clinton Award winner, especially in a field of incredibly qualified candidates,” says Belding. “I’m excited to head to Canada for the University Fighting World Hunger Summit to meet other young people doing similar work and learn from all they are doing.”

Each year, undergraduate students across the globe with a passion to end hunger are invited to apply for the annual award named in honor of President Bill Clinton for his commitment to humanitarian causes, including the eradication of hunger. This is the eighth year the award has been presented to recognize outstanding leadership in the movement to end hunger.

Previous Clinton Award winners are: Azeem Ahmed, Auburn University (2014), Brendan Rice, University of Alabama (2013), Ryan O’Donnell, NC State (2012), Gavin Armstrong, University of Guelph (2011), Sarah Nam, Harvard (2010), and John Coggin, NC State University (2009).

President Clinton presents John Coggin the inaugural 2009 award. Courtesy: Stop Hunger Now

President Clinton presents John Coggin the inaugural 2009 award. Courtesy: Stop Hunger Now

Belding is the founder of MEANS (Matching Excess And Need for Stability), served as a judge for the 2013 World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute and Global Youth Institute (GYI) and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Sodexo Foundation STOP Hunger Award, and the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The Clinton Hunger Leadership Award includes a $1500 cash prize from Stop Hunger Now for Belding to use in her further education and/or engagement in the fight to end hunger. The award will be presented during a Saturday evening banquet at the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit.

“We have a moral obligation as a country and world so bountiful to ensure that those around us have what they need to thrive.”  To read more from “The State of Hunger” a guest Stop Hunger Now blog by Maria Rose Belding visit: http://www.stophungernow.org/state-hunger-relief/

 

Editor’s Note: Maria Rose Belding interned at the Alliance to End Hunger during the summer and fall of 2014.