Scholarship Awarded to Student Committed to Hunger Relief

Monday, May 13, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (May 13, 2013) – Madison Alexandra Smith '13 of Grantville, Pa., is the recipient of the inaugural Patrick Temple-West Scholarship. Valued at $5,000, this is an annual scholarship funded Saint Joseph's University's Academy of Food Marketing.

Scholarship recipients are of high academic standing and must demonstrate a commitment to hunger relief, something Temple-West dedicated his career to addressing.

Smith, a food marketing major, is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors. However, she says her work with the food insecure has been particularly meaningful. "Most of the homeless people I have come in contact with, just want to be heard," she says. "Their faith and positive attitudes shine through even during the toughest times. When I serve them food, I'm humbled. I feel fed."

Temple-West, a 1967 graduate of Saint Joseph's and former assistant director of the Academy of Food Marketing, recognized great disparities in hunger in the Delaware Valley and did something about it. While employed with the Academy of Food Marketing, Temple-West devised a plan to feed children through a hot-lunch program during the school day. Soon afterward, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia implemented the program throughout its schools; the lunch program was praised by the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture at the time, Richard Lyng, for serving as a national prototype.

Temple-West founded and served as director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Nutritional Development Services (NDS) program for 37 years. The mission of NDS is to serve nutritious meals to schoolchildren and to the hungry throughout the Delaware Valley. In August 2009, Temple-West died at the age of 67.

Smith will receive the scholarship during an award presentation hosted by the Academy of Food Marketing and NDS on Wednesday, May 15, on Saint Joseph's campus. The event will be held in the University's Drexel Library from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. In attendance will be Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., members of Temple-West’s family; Lorraine Knight, NDS Director; C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. '72, President of Saint Joseph’s University; and members of the food assistance community.

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