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No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.


About the Sodexo Foundation

Sodexo Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Sodexo Foundation engages youth in the anti-hunger movement by inspiring a new generation of leaders who will advocate for this cause among their peers. Since 1999, it has granted nearly $20 million to eradicate hunger in America. Learn more at SodexoFoundation.org.

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Official Rules for the No Kid Hungry Essay Contest Contest



  1. Eligibility: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are (a) at least thirteen (13) years old, (b) currently enrolled in an accredited public or private K-12 school in the United States. Educators who are (a) at least eighteen (18) years old, (b) currently employed full-time as an educator by an accredited public or private K-12 school in the United States may apply on behalf of eligible students.Employees of Share Our Strength ("Sponsor") or MDR Professional Services ("Administrator"), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.
  2. Entry Period: The Contest begins at 12:00AM CST on August 29, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM CST on September 27, 2013 (the "Entry Period"). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Administrator's computer is the official time­ keeping device for the Contest.
  3. How to Enter:
    • Create and Submit Your Entry: Visit http://www.weareteachers.com/grants-contests/contests/teens-take-action-your-words-can-end-childhood-hunger/ during the Entry Period, and follow the instructions to submit your Entry. All form fields should be answered completely. You will be required to upload the Entry of your project as a Word, pdf, or ppt file.

      Eligible students may enter the contest directly, or an eligible educator may enter on their behalf. Eligible educators may enter multiple student Entries. The use of an agency or any automated system to enter is strictly prohibited, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries received through such methods, as determined by Sponsor or Administrator, at its sole discretion.

    • Content Requirements: Please make sure your Entry aligns with the contest questions and does not: (i) violate anyone else’s rights, including their copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy or publicity; (ii) prominently feature any trademarks or logos; (iii) prominently feature any person other than yourself, unless you can provide Sponsor written permission from that person or his/her parent or legal guardian; (iv) portray Sponsor in a negative light; or (v) contain any content that is otherwise inappropriate, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
  4. Winner Selection Process:Between September 30, 2013 and October 16, 2013, a panel of judges will evaluate all entries according to the following Judging Criteria: (a) originality and creativity; (b) overall quality of entry; and (c) alignment and relevancy with the theme of the contest.Prizes will be awarded based on the judges’ scores. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of entries. Potential winners will be contacted on or about October 21, 2013. There is a limit of one (1) prize per student.
  5. Requirements of Potential Winner(s):Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all remaining entries received.
  6. Prize(s): Three student prizes, totaling $1750 in value will be awarded to the first through third place merit winners. One teacher prize will be awarded to the teacher of the first place student merit winner, as listed in the completed Entry.
    • First Place: One (1) First Place winner will receive a $500 cash scholarship for use toward academic endeavors, and a $500 donation in his or her honor to a child hunger nonprofit organization of his or her choosing.
    • Second Place: One (1) Second Place winner will receive a $250 cash scholarship for use toward academic endeavors, and a $250 donation in his or her honor to a child hunger nonprofit organization of his or her choosing.
    • Third Place: One (1) Third Place winner will receive a $75 cash scholarship for use toward academic endeavors, and a $75 donation in his or her honor to a child hunger nonprofit organization of his or her choosing.
    • Educator Prize: One (1) educator listed on the First Place winner’s Entry form will receive a $1,000 cash prize for use toward classroom projects.

A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

  1. General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor or Administrator by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
  2. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respectiveofficers, directors, employees, and agents (the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries;or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties' liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney's fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
  3. Privacy and Publicity: Any information you provide when you enter the Contest will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes your consent to Sponsor’s use of your entry, name, likeness, voice, opinions,biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.
  4. Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Insert State. Allissuesand questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Connecticut, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Connecticut or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Insert State.
  5. Sponsor and Administrator: The Contest is sponsored by Share Our Strength, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20036, and is administered by the WeAreTeachers division of MDR Professional Services, 6 Armstrong Road, Suite 301 Shelton, CT 06484.
  6. Results:For the names of the winners of any prize over $25, please send a self­ addressed stamped envelope to MDR Professional Services, 6 Armstrong Road, Suite 301 Shelton, CT 06484. Requests must be received 60 days from winner announcement date listed in rules.
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