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Teen’s Organization Pairs Leftover Food with Charities

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

When Kiran Sridhar, now 15, was in seventh grade he volunteered at a soup kitchen in San Francisco. It was there  in the kitchen that Kiran understood the sheer numbers of hungry people in his neighborhood. Then he started learning about how much food Americans waste every day. He decided to figure out a way to reconcile those figures.

Kiran began WasteNoFood.org, which matches businesses which have extra food with charities that feed the hungry. Recently, the Sodexo Foundation awarded the teen a STOP Hunger Scholarship for his work. “If you are sincere and work with integrity and strong conviction, you can make a big difference in your community,” Kiran told the foundation.

Kiran Sridhar, left, and his Lick-Wilmerding classmates solicit local restaurants for donations of leftover food to WasteNoFood.org in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by WasteNoFood.org)

Kiran Sridhar, left, and his Lick-Wilmerding High School classmates solicit local restaurants for donations of leftover food to WasteNoFood.org in San Francisco. (Photo by WasteNoFood.org)

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Kiran Sridhar Wins Sodexo STOP Hunger Scholarship

STOP Hunger scholarship winner Kiran Sridhar, 15, of Woodside, Calif., founder of WasteNoFood.org. (Photo by Sodexo USA)

STOP Hunger scholarship winner Kiran Sridhar, 15, of Woodside, Calif., founded WasteNoFood.org. (Photo by Sodexo USA)

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Ohio Teens Learn Aquaponics in School Greenhouse

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Teens and school officials in Ohio have turned an empty greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center into an aquaponics center, where vegetables suspended in water are thriving. Officials believe the facility, in Youngstown, Ohio, is the first aquaponics program in Ohio.

“Next year, we’ll be growing a main crop and finding a market for it,” Sarah Wilhelm, the aquaponics instructor, told Farm and Dairy. Right now 84 plants are growing in the greenhouse. Wilhelm said she is willing to grow whatever local produce the community needs.

Junior aquaponics student Mike Jones harvests green beans from the greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by WILL FLANNIGAN, Farm and Dairy)

Junior aquaponics student Mike Jones harvests green beans from the greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by WILL FLANNIGAN, Farm and Dairy)

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Choffin Career and Technical Center Features Aquaponics

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Aquaponics Tubes Sprout in Ohio Greenhouse

Vertical growing tubes at Choffin Career and Technical School in Youngstown, Ohio, allow the aquaponic students to use the greenhouse space more efficiently.

Vertical growing tubes at Choffin Career and Technical School in Youngstown, Ohio, allow aquaponics students to use the greenhouse space more efficiently. (Photo by WILL FLANNIGAN, Farm and Dairy)

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