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About Us

Learn about our work, mission, history, and vision.


Our Mission

The Jhett Michael Scholars Foundation program provides hunger prevention services to ensure the child is fed, they have food to bring home to their families, and provided with educational assistance to reduce these factors. The outcomes of this program to increase attendance in Georgian high schools (at all levels) and increase academic performance, with special emphasis on annual standardized testing.

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Alethea Ricard

Founder and President

Mrs. Alethea Ricard founded the Jhett Michael Scholars Foundation, Inc in 2019 in Gwinnett County Georgia. Mrs. Ricard’s vision for the 501(c)(3) foundation emerged while in Brown Middle School where her and her classmates visited Nicaragua and saw the tragic lack of food and education while there and sparked an urgency to bring awareness to the similar food insecurity in Georgia. After the birth of her two sons, Mrs. Ricard’s vision went full throttle to ensure her children and their classmates would not ever have to worry about eating while in school. Mrs. Ricard has 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as both a volunteer and administrator.

Our Vision

We can't become complacent, we have to end food insecurity with all of our students. Jhett Michaels Scholars Foundation, Inc aspires to provide a strong sense of care, concern, and inclusiveness for all the students we support and their families. In doing this, its board members, staff, and volunteers will simultaneously be creating a stronger sense of urgency to community leaders and school superintendents and principals of the need for the program’s services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions on what Jhett Michael Scholars Foundation does in Georgia and its community, and how you can join us.


By partnering with Jhett Michael Scholars, families and communities fight food insecurity for at-risk families and children, which can help improve your high schooler's overall educational experience.

News and Updates

Our newsroom has the latest press releases covering Jhett Michael Scholars Foundation volunteer events, partnerships and corporate news, along with our contact info for the media.

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