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Maine volunteer honored for work to end childhood hunger

Posted March 04, 2013, at 10:44 a.m.
John Woods of Cape Elizabeth
John Woods of Cape Elizabeth

 In a ceremony before more than 500 community leaders, CEOs, top chefs and restaurateurs, elected officials and other anti-hunger organizers at Share Our Strength’s Conference of Leaders in Baltimore, Md., John Woods of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was honored for his exceptional commitment to ending childhood hunger in America. 

Woods was named the 2012 Share Our Strength Advocate of the Year. 

One in five children in the U.S. struggles with hunger: Share Our Strength is building programs that connect children at risk of hunger with the healthy foods they need to thrive through its fundraising programs and No Kid Hungry® campaign.  Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: No Kid Hungry®.

In Maine, Share Our Strength hosts a number of events around the state that bring together individuals, businesses and other charitable organizations to raise awareness and funds. Taste of the Nation: Maine, the signature event in June, brings together the very best from the Maine culinary industry for a world class tasting event.

“When I meet with people in Maine and tell them 69,000 kids in our state don’t know where their next nutritious meal is coming from, they ask what they can do to help” said Woods as he received the award.

Under John’s leadership as Chairman of Share Our Strength in Maine, the organization’s impact on addressing child hunger in our state has grown at an impressive rate. As a result of its 2012 fundraising culinary programs Share Our Strength was able to grant $170,000 to four local non-profits. Each one makes a commitment to building programs that find kids at risk and connect them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play: Good Shepherd Food Bank, Preble Street Teen Center, The Opportunity Alliance and Cultivating Community. This funding is equivalent to connecting Maine kids to 1.7 million meals.

“Supporters like John are the backbone of Share Our Strength,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength.  “He is passionate about the cause, and mobilizes those in his sphere of influence to join us in the fight against childhood hunger in America.”

In his volunteer role devoting significant energy to Share Our Strength’s work in Maine, John draws on his professional experience in his mission to end childhood hunger. His extensive business background includes sales, marketing and hotel and food service operations, making him an ideal leader for an organization that depends on the generosity of chefs, restaurateurs and corporations alike. John moved to Maine with his family 10 years ago and is the father of four. He believes that his role as Chairman for Share Our Strength in Maine is the most important in his lifetime and by far the most rewarding.

Share Our Strength,a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives.  Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign, Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit Strength.org to get

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