Jones Middle School reading teacher Molly Miely is one of 14 people nationwide chosen to receive a $5,000 Sodexo Foundation School Engagement Grant.
Miely plans to use her grant to lead her students in a semester-long study of child hunger and to "locally address" the problem of childhood hunger.
She said students will begin projects aimed at fighting childhood hunger during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, set Nov. 10-18.
"Students will invite other students and staff from the Columbus-area Growing Together service-learning network to participate in a series of activities that focus on the issue of childhood hunger," she said.
Some of the activities will include research, roundtable discussions, planning and packing meals for the homeless, creating public-service announcements, pantry visits, participation in a Critical Issues Summit and a Hunger Line walk.
Miely said programs will continue throughout the school year, culminating April 26 with Global Youth Service Day.
Robert Stern, chairman of the Sodexo Foundation, said the grants are offered by the Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America.
Miely said the grant will allow Upper Arlington students and youths from the central Ohio area to participate in high-quality service learning "while addressing an authentic, real-world problem.
"Students' learning will be deeper and more intense and they will learn that their actions can make a difference," she said.