Life is full of surprises—we never know where it will take us next. This is definitely the case for Ruth Riley, commonly recognized for her success as an athlete at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. Currently the WNBA general manager of the San Antonio Stars, Riley recently joined the board of directors of Hunger Free America (HFA), a non-profit, nationally recognized organization that exists to bring forward policies and programs to end hunger in the United States.
HFA is excited to welcome Riley to its team to help carry out the mission it has upheld since 1983. With Riley on board, HFA will continue to work toward improving federal food programs, increasing wages and reducing poverty so more individuals have an opportunity to obtain nutritious meals, consequently living a healthier, happier life.
In a web commentary, the organization’s CEO, Joel Berg, states, “…nearly one in five U.S. children still live in homes that can’t always afford enough food. Food deprivation in the world’s wealthiest nation is not only morally unacceptable, but it also severely hampers children’s emotional, intellectual and physical development. Child hunger costs the U.S. economy at least $28 billion per year because poorly nourished kids perform less well in school and require far more long-term health care spending. Solving this problem will cost far less than not solving it.”
Star athlete Ruth Riley is now part of that solution. She was inspired to join forces with HFA because of her family’s financial difficulties while growing up. She survived on food stamps and depended on school meal benefits just like many other kids today. It is incredible to think that today she is an NCAA and WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist. Riley is an all-around role model who like many of us, wants to end domestic hunger. Now she is also doing something about it. To learn more about HFA and the programs it has in place across the country—such as AmeriCorps VISTA—visit HungerFreeAmerica.org.