DWTS Contestant Cody Simpson Visits Lumpkin County to Fight Child Hunger

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Dancing with the Stars Contestant Cody Simpson with Lumpkin collaborative

“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Cody Simpson has surely racked up enough votes from Georgia to help keep him in contention for the coveted mirror ball trophy tonight. The teen pop star already had a huge following with Lumpkin County’s older crowd—18 and over—before he even stepped into the ballroom, because some members of Lumpkin County Family Connection got to spend time with him last spring.

When a group of students from Amber Gilleland’s health science class at Lumpkin County High School took on a fight to end child hunger in the area, they just couldn’t get their food drive off the ground. Until student project leader Chelsea Jarrad’s Mom suggested that she contact her local Georgia Family Connection Collaborative.

That proved to be a formidable pairing, because after the Collaborative brought in some key local partners, the 18 students collected 2,000 pounds of food—about 708 meals per person—which won them a national Child Hunger Ends Here competition sponsored by ConAgra Foods.

Simpson and representatives from ConAgra Foods and HOSA-Future Health Professionals visited the students to show their support for the students’ outstanding service in addressing child hunger, and to help bring awareness to this issue.

The best part of this project is that it is easily replicable. Our Collaboratives in every county across the state are always standing by to help ordinary Georgians young and old, with extraordinary passion and commitment, to locate and work with partners in their community to make things better for their neighbors.