Katie D., 19
One Friday afternoon, the cafeteria staff at my school set out a platter of sandwiches. They were free for students to take because they would spoil over the weekend if they weren’t consumed. I saw one girl taking about six or seven sandwiches and I asked her why. She said she was taking the sandwiches home so that she and her brother would have something to eat on Saturday. This surprised me because I thought our school was fairly affluent and it inspired me to start a program to reduce child hunger in my community.
I named the program “Sow More, Grow More.” I asked farmers and gardeners to sow more fruits and vegetables, so they would have surplus produce to donate at harvest. “Sow More, Grow More” is now in its third year, and to date we’ve received 1,400 pounds of donated produce and served 2,200 families.
Through this project I learned that I don’t have to ask permission to solve a problem. I learned that I could take an idea from start to finish and collaborate with others to make our community stronger. I learned that one person with passion can inspire an entire community. I learned leadership through service.
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