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Embry-Riddle Students, Staff and Faculty Compete to Feed Community's Homeless Children

University commits to raising $25,000 for Volusia nonprofit Food Brings Hope

Daytona Beach, FL, February 21, 2013

Food Brings Hope Campaign

Every day in Volusia County there are nearly 2,200 children who may or may not eat dinner. Some of those same children don’t even have a place to call home.

As part of its continuing commitment to give back to the community, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has announced it is teaming with Food Brings Hope for a campus-wide “$7 Sacrifice” through April 12 with fundraisers, T-shirt sales, on-campus events and more aimed at raising $25,000 to help feed local children.

With only $7, Food Brings Hope, a local nonprofit committed to ending the poverty cycle for homeless and economically disadvantaged children enrolled in Volusia County schools, teams with Halifax Urban Ministries to provide 40 lbs. of dry food and 6 lbs. of meat to feed an entire family.

Embry-Riddle students, faculty and staff from the Daytona Beach Campus as well as the Embry-Riddle Worldwide headquarters will be divided into 10 teams responsible for coming up with creative ways to bring in the cash. Teams include: Athletes, the individual colleges (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Aviation, College of Business, College of Engineering), Enrollment/Admissions, Student Government Association/Student Team, Student Affairs, University Administration, Worldwide Headquarters and on their own team Embry-Riddle President John Johnson, Ph.D. and his wife Maurie Johnson.

“This is more than a friendly competition to raise money for a wonderful cause. The fact that children in our community go without food or a home is unacceptable,” Johnson said. “Food Brings Hope is doing a great job, but they can’t do this alone. Embry-Riddle never backs down from a challenge, especially not in our own backyard. We’re going to do something about this.”

Founded by Forough B. Hosseini in 2007, Food Brings Hope works with nearly 500 children in 10 area schools offering after-school and weekend meals, mentoring, tutoring, transportation, activities and trips to reward academic success.

This isn't the first time Embry-Riddle has stepped up to the plate for the community, says Hosseini, who along with her husband Mori, are both Embry-Riddle alumni. For several years now, the university hosts a Food Brings Hope Game Night in which hundreds of students attend Embry-Riddle basketball games complete with dinner and homemade desserts by Mrs. Johnson and the Athletic League, and the deans of the College of Engineering and the College of Business work with FBHonors students.

"It is with generous support of institutions like Embry-Riddle and generous and kind hearts like Dr. and Mrs. Johnson that we can expand our program to cover more schools and help a larger number of the underprivileged children in the county," Hosseini said.

For more information on Embry-Riddle’s $7 Sacrifice initiative, go to erau.edu/foodbringshope. There, faculty, staff and even members of the public can donate directly to Food Brings Hope online. Faculty and staff will also have the option to participate in payroll deductions in support of the nonprofit.

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