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Patty Gentry

No Kid Hungry
Senior Manager of Grassroots Advocacy & Youth Engagement
Patty Gentry leads Generation No Kid Hungry – Share Our Strength’s youth engagement platform that creates long-term, meaningful engagement opportunities for young leaders and individuals in the fight to end childhood hunger here in the U.S.  Generation No Kid Hungry provides tools and resources to spark and encourage youth to take the lead in ending hunger in their communities, and provides a platform for youth to share ideas and stories about how they are involved in this work both from the organization and directly from our advocates and ambassadors in the field. This includes various storytelling and awareness campaigns most notably our new day of celebration, National Youth Day (Feb. 21, 2019), a day set aside to celebrate the role youth play in addressing the critical issues our country faces, particularly in addressing the issue of child hunger.

Generation No Kid Hungry also includes the No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador Program, a program that to date has placed over 200 Youth Ambassadors (undergraduate interns) in the field with community partners to work on issues like, School Breakfast Program, Summer Meals Program, and Cooking Matters, our signature nutrition education program. Generation No Kid Hungry is possible through the support of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.

Overall, our goal in working with youth is to provide a space for young leaders looking for a cause, the support and community to take their idea for a better future from vision to implementation.  

Patty Gentry joined Share Our Strength in 2008 and began her journey on the fundraising side, supporting over 80 culinary events. In early 2014, Patty’s passion for ending childhood hunger and the role young leaders could play in the solution brought her to take on the role as Senior Manager of Grassroots Advocacy & Youth Engagement.

Prior to joining Share Our Strength, Patty worked or volunteered with several youth and hunger & homelessness-focused nonprofits in Indiana and Washington, D.C. Most recently as the program coordinator for the Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service, where she advised and supported college students throughout a service-learning immersion program. In her spare time, she loves to be outside biking, hiking and walking around as many historic downtowns as possible.