The recipient of this year’s Mitch Daniels Leadership Prize plans to use the honor to continue his fight against hunger and infant mortality. Jim Morris, vice chairman of Pacers Sports & Entertainment and former head of the United Nations World Food Programme, will be awarded the prize Thursday night. It comes with a $100,000 cash award from the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation, which will be targeted to charitable causes.
That organization will be chosen by a group formed by Morris and will use the money to fight childhood hunger and infant mortality.
In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Indy Hunger Network Chair Dave Miner called Morris a "tireless advocate for ending child hunger." Miner says this award has the potential to go beyond Indiana. "It’s a seminal time where people who care about health care are connecting with people who care about hunger and we think this is a really unique opportunity to impact infant mortality by improving the nutrition of the moms."
The Mitch Daniels Foundation Prize is awarded every two years. The 2013 award went to former Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) Chief Executive Officer Tim Solso.