White House to honor Idaho Foodbank CEO Vauk

Karen Vauk and nine others from around the nation will be honored as “Champions of Change” on Friday at the White House. The program honors people “doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities,” according to a White House press release.

“Champions of Change” is a program run by AmeriCorps Vista, which aims to fight poverty through multi-organization collaborations. The Idaho FoodBank was founded by the Vista program, has distributed enough food for more than 151 million meals since its creation in 1984, the release said. Vauk, who has been president and CEO of the foodbank since 2009, has served on a handful of mission-based boards and commissions and expanded Vista programs, according to the release.

The winners all run organizations tackling different community issues, including increasing education opportunity, feeding the poor and providing health care to underserved communities. Click here for a full list of winners and their accomplishments.