Amy: I was really happy when I found out we won the Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship! I said “Wooooowwww,” when Sarah from Sodexo gave us the giant check at one of our jar filling activities.
Emma: I was stunned! I was literally in shock. I could not stop smiling! The money we won for Bake Me Home will help us expand to help more families. The money we won for college makes us really proud that we are helping add to our college account when we are only ten. But, at the award ceremony, I was a little nervous.
Amy: I thought it was really cool to be up there in front of almost a thousand people and get to talk too! Our mom said not many adults would want to do that! They got a few new catch phrases out of our video too — whenever they have a problem at Sodexo they can just say, “Let me think…”
Emma: Up on stage while we watched the video, all we thought was wow, what a wonderful job they did on it, and how much we love it, and how great the people working at Sodexo really are.
Amy: We really thought Julia Pipkins’ story was super cool. How getting that box of groceries in her door as a kid changed her life and inspired her to grow up and help other hungry people. Wouldn’t it be cool if something like that happened with a kid who got one of our Tote Bags — if they grew up to be like Julia!
Amy: We are happy to say that the Sodexo Foundation has inspired us to create our own awards where kids write in and tell us about what they did to help an organization that helps kids. We will pick two winners at the end of the summer who will each win $100 for a charity they pick. We hope one day we can grow it to even more money! A big part of our mission is getting other kids to volunteer, so we think this is a good idea. There is more information about our Bake Me Home Summer Service Grants on our website www.bakemehome.com.
Emma: Thank you to Sodexo and Mr. Brady’s family (we loved meeting Pascale and her daughters) for a great trip to Washington DC. We promise to try and do lots of good with the money you gave us!
Amy and Emma Bushman are the founders of Bake Me Home. Their organization now has more than 100 volunteers helping more than 200 families each year.