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California Students Win Top Honors In USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and ConAgra Foods Foundation Child Hunger Ends Here PSA Challenge

Challenge Engaged Students and Youth Groups in Fighting Child Hunger

MCLEAN, Va., March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and ConAgra Foods Foundation are proud to announce the winners of the Child Hunger Ends Here PSA Challenge for students in grades 7-12. The challenge and related classroom learning activities were part of a larger campaign focused on fighting child hunger in the U.S.

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The winning student team, "Meet Bob," is from Academy of Medical Arts at Carson High School in Carson, Calif. The team's teacher, Terri Ann Sullivan, led the group consisting of five 11th grade students. Each member of the winning team along with the teacher will receive an iPad mini, a $75 iTunes gift card and a congratulatory luncheon hosted by ConAgra Foods Foundation executives on April 2, 2014.

The PSA challenge prompted students to research food insecurity in their own community and to develop a PSA that addresses the topic.  For more details, visit http://usatodayeducation.com/childhungerends/.

Entries were judged on the following categories and criteria: content, technical aspects and contest rules. The student team with the highest cumulative score based on each of the above components was named the winner.

"The classes all did an amazing job showing what hunger looks like in their community," said Lanie Friedman, director, Communication & External Relations at ConAgra Foods. "It was difficult to pick a winner from the more than 300 participating schools."

Additionally, ConAgra Foods is building a community of people to make a difference, from top musical artists to parents, kids, employees and others to help donate up to five million meals. For each 8-digit code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods products and entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.* This effort complements the ConAgra Foods Foundation's $10 million, five-year commitment to Feeding America, the leader in the fight against hunger nationwide.

About The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation:
The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote opportunities and inspire all. It welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today's students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary, secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. Staff work with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

About ConAgra Foods:
ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in 99 percent of America's households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to commercial and foodservice customers. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with easy dinner recipes and more. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com

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