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Native of Decatur recognized for leadership in ending hunger

CHICAGO — Decatur native Ollice C. Holden has been recognized with a national award for his involvement in a pilot program that allows low-income individuals to apply for food stamps online.

On Sept. 30, America's Second Harvest recognized Holden, Midwest regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, with the Hunger's Hope 2007 Public Policy and Research Public Service Award. He received the award in a ceremony in Vail, Colo.

Holden graduated from Decatur's Lakeside High School in 1961. He graduated from Fisk University in 1965. He is the son of Ethel Stevenson and brother of Clara Stevenson, both of Decatur.

Holden received the award for his support of innovation in food stamp outreach. Each year, America's Second Harvest recognizes public servants who tirelessly strive to improve the reach of federal food assistance programs and who exhibit creativity and an unwavering commitment in the fight to end hunger in their communities.

Bayne Hughes

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