One Teen's Mission
to End Hunger
We can all do our part in the fight against hunger. One ambitious 16-year-old shows us how big an impact one can make.
Kiran Sridhar is a teenager who saw first-hand the impact that hunger is having on his community, and he’s going above and beyond to help tackle the problem.
“When you're hungry, when you don't know where your next meal is going to come from, it's all-consuming,” Kiran says. “You can't focus on anything else, and we see so much untapped potential that can be solved through feeding people. I believe there's no greater social equalizer than eradicating hunger.”
Kiran’s dedication earned him a Unilever Project Sunlight Bright Future Grant, which has helped take his mission one step further. As an extension of his non-profit organization WasteNoFood, Kiran is currently developing a WasteNoFood app (which is available now in beta) that allows anyone with extra food or leftovers to post it on the app, as you would with a status or photo on a social media site. The post is then relayed to charities within a 20-mile radius where they can claim the meal. Once launched, Kiran hopes in the first year that a million meals will be donated through WasteNoFood.
Kiran took up the cause after visiting a local Glide food pantry when he was 11 years old, and seeing how many people were depending on it. “It's impossible when you see a line stretching around the block 3 times a day not to be touched, not to be moved, and not to think that in this society which is so advanced and so wealthy that we can't take care of such a large percentage of our population and meet such a basic need: their need for food,” Kiran says.
It’s this type of forward thinking and philanthropy that we love to shine a spotlight on, and it’s this thinking that is helping us in our fight against child hunger. Visit FeedingAmerica.org to find out how you can get involved, and visit WasteNoFood.org for more information on Kiran’s non-profit organization.