Dr. Blessman Receives 2024 Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award

June 27, 2024

We are delighted to share that our founder, Dr. Jim Blessman, has been honored with the 2024 Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Award. This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Blessman's relentless efforts in the fight against hunger and his life-changing work in South Africa. It stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication and tireless efforts and the profound impact of Blessman International's initiatives on the lives of people in South Africa.

The Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Award, named after the former Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray, recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional humanitarian service. Governor Ray was known for his compassion and leadership in addressing global humanitarian crises, and this award continues his legacy by honoring those who follow in his footsteps.

"Receiving this award, established to honor Governor Robert Ray, whose legacy of humanitarian work continues to inspire us all, is an honor and humbling experience," said Dr. Jim Blessman. "I am profoundly grateful to God for calling me to this work and enabling us to feed tens of thousands of children each month. Thank you to everyone who has supported Blessman International and believed in our vision." 

The award will be presented to Dr. Blessman on July 31, 2024, at the annual World Food Prize Foundation Iowa Hunger Summit held this year at the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates.