2014 Junior Pre-Teen National Cover Girl Lacrissa Lamar volunteers once a month at St. Matthew. Lacrissa goes to St. Matthew every 3rd Sat to volunteer giving out food.
National American Miss Oregon Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, Jeanneil Rogerson, shared the Christmas spirit with some deserving folks. Jeanneil delivered 13 food boxes to St. Francis Shelter. St. Francis’s Shelter helps the homeless and people living on a limited income. Jeanneil used the money she won at Nationals to purchase all of the items and was happy to be able to fill all of the boxes with money she has earned!
2013 National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen Queen Jeanae Ganthier volunteers around town and donates school supplies.
National American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen Queen Savanah Stevens presenting a certificate of award to her local rivalry high school, superintendent Carmen Coleman, of Danville High School.
Miss Kentucky Junior Teen Savanah Stevens presenting a certificate of award to her local rivalry high school, superintendent Carmen Coleman, of Danville High School. She was also joined by her high school superintendent, Mike LaFavers. This certificate was given to the school that turned in the most canned goods at the cross town rival football game between Boyle County & Danville High Schools in Kentucky. All food was donated to the local Harvesting Hope Food Pantry. The food pantry is the organization that Savanah has chosen to help as her platform for community service. There was a total of 1703 items turned in the night of 9/6/13. Congratulations to the winning school.
National American Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen Abigail Satter volunteers at Clemmons food pantry.
The mission of the non-profit institution is to “offer assistance, encouragement and empowerment of persons in need through the distribution of food and limited financial assistance”. Those in need may receive donations from the distribution center, or via home delivery by a Loaves & Fishes volunteer.
Located in Burlington, North Carolina, Loaves & Fishes is an organization that distributes food donations from the community to families in need throughout the surrounding six counties. The mission of the non-profit institution is to “offer assistance, encouragement and empowerment of persons in need through the distribution of food and limited financial assistance”. Those in need may receive donations from the distribution center, or via home delivery by a Loaves & Fishes volunteer. This philanthropy also organizes several special events throughout the year to give back to the city, such as Make a Difference Day and the Thanksgiving Lunch.
Loaves & Fishes is an organization that is close to Kacey’s heart, since the entity exemplifies the importance of a caring community, and the impact one person’s contribution can make. Hunger and poverty in the United States are issues that affect many families within each county. According to www.feedingamerica.org, one in six Americans are food insecure, and 43.6 million Americans were in poverty in 2009. Adequate nutrition is a necessity to one’s total well being; the effects of malnutrition can be severe, especially for children. Many who are struggling with hunger are hardworking citizens who simply cannot make ends meet despite the desire to provide for his or her family. This national issue of hunger can be combated one neighborhood at a time through charity projects such as Loaves & Fishes. Having a role in an organization that provides resources and encouragement to families in need has been a rewarding experience for Kacey. She has seen how a community can work together to make a positive impact. She hopes to encourage others to support those in need in their hometown by donating or volunteering at their local food bank. Together, we can make a positive impact by helping our neighbors overcome poverty.
Kristen spent time volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, NC. Second Harvest strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food.
During her day of service, Kristen helped to organize the different food items and place them in the appropriate distribution bin. She was trained how to identify damaged food items and remove them from distribution. She also helped clean up the warehouse when the work was done. It was a lot of hard work, but very rewarding. The best part of volunteering is about helping people in need with this effort. Kristen loved serving her community and knowing that the day’s activities is essential to feeding families and children. She looks forward to serving again throughout the year.
National American Miss – National Finalist- Michaelah Wheat serving at Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is an organization that serves 1000’s of people each year by providing food to families in times of need. Second Harvest receives large quantities of food from various sources like grocery stores and food drives in the area. Michaelah helped to get the food ready for the families visiting the food bank. Her particular responsibilities included organizing the different food items, labeling the boxes, and cleaning the warehouse. It is hard work but very rewarding.
The first area where she served was in the food sorting area. This is a big area where food is sorted by categories. After the food is sorted, she placed them in boxes, labeled the boxes, and loaded them onto crates. After the boxes are filled, she helped to arrange them on the shelves so that the workers serving the families can clearly identify the different food items.
The warehouse is huge and some of the food that is donated is damaged or unusable. So, she also spent time cleaning up the area from food products that were either damaged or unusable. Although it is a lot of work, it is a wonderful place to serve and the Nashville community really does great in supporting the efforts of Second Harvest. Michaelah looks forward to serving there again throughout this year.