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Student & Alumni Achievements

UNC: Nutrition Student wins Rise Against Hunger World Hunger Leadership Award, ASN Fellowship

Ms. Jessica Soldavini, doctoral student in nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has won the 2019 Rise Against Hunger World Hunger Leadership Award.

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable.

Ms. Soldavini also is a graduate research assistant for No Kid Hungry North Carolina, based at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

No Kid Hungry NC works to end child hunger by connecting children to federal nutrition programs such as school breakfast, summer meals and after-school meals, and by teaching families how to cook healthful, affordable food. The initiative, which also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority, was formed in 2011.

Ms. Soldavini received the award for her work to address hunger in North Carolina.

“Jessica implements a creative and impactful blend of strategies to tackle hunger, ranging from giving cooking classes in elementary schools to educating legislators in Washington, D.C.,” said Dr. Alice Ammerman, Mildred Kaufman Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the Gillings School. “She is very deserving of this award.”

Ms. Soldavini said that she is “passionate about ending hunger and honored to have been selected to receive the 2019 World Hunger Leadership Award.” She wrote a guest blog post for Rise Against Hunger that shares the details some of her work toward this goal.

She accepted the award at the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit in Portland, Maine, on March 16. While at the Summit, she also led a workshop on addressing child hunger during the summer months and presented a poster on food insecurity in college students.

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