Mary Jane Melendez & Katie Stagliano: June 14, 2018

FEEDING BETTER FUTURES: ONE TEEN’S MISSION TO MAKE A DENT IN WORLD HUNGER

Winner of General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program Announced

 

 

Mary Jane Melendez

Executive Director, General Mills Foundation, Global Philanthropy & Volunteerism

 

Katie Stagliano

Founder of Katie’s Krops and Grand Prize Winner

 

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 842 million people – nearly 12 percent of the world’s population – suffer from hunger. To help address this, General Mills launched the Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program, an initiative encouraging bright young minds to share programs they’ve launched in their communities that combat hunger and protect important agricultural resources.

General Mills recently announced the grand prize winner of the first-ever, General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program! Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, a not-for-profit organization that empowers kids across the country to grow fresh produce locally to fight hunger in their communities. As the grand prize winner, Katie will be awarded $50,000 to help further her program, along with the opportunity to present her program at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

On Thursday June 14th Katie Stagliano is available to share more about how Katie’s Krops began, where she has and hopes to take it in the future and how she became the first ever grand prize winner of the Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program.

Mary Jane Melendez, Executive Director, General Mills Foundation, Global Philanthropy & Volunteerism, is also available to share why the Feeding Better Futures program is so important to General Mills. She can also speak to other initiatives the company is leading in the hunger relief space and why this is such an important challenge to address today in order to feed a better tomorrow.

For more information please visit: FeedingBetterFutures.com

 

 

MORE ABOUT KATIE STAGLIANO

Katie Stagliano, 19, is the founder and Chief Executive Gardener of Katie’s Krops, a not-for-profit organization that empowers kids across the country to grow fresh produce locally to fight hunger in their communities. Today, there are approximately 100 Katie’s Krops gardens growing in schools and communities across the country including cities like Austin, Chicago and New York. Last year alone, more than 39,000 pounds of food was donated to soup kitchens, shelters and food banks. Over the last seven years, young volunteers have served more than 17,000 meals using healthy produce grown in these gardens.

A current student at the College of Charleston, Katie was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers and became the youngest recipient ever of the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2012. This summer, General Mills announced Katie as the grand prize winner of the first-ever, General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program.

 

MORE ABOUT MARY JANE MELENDEZ

Mary Jane Melendez is the Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation where she leads General Mills’ charitable giving (~$140MM annually) and corporate volunteerism efforts.   Mary Jane is responsible for the Foundation’s global philanthropic strategy; ensuring core corporate values, best practices, and innovation inform General Mills’ non-profit partnerships, signature philanthropic programs, global grant-making, and community and employee engagement programs, including the first-ever Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program.

Mary Jane’s strategic business leadership was recently recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a 2016 Women in Business Award Winner.

Mary Jane earned both her MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

 

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