If you are short on time to read our E newsletter this month, please view this 2 minute PSA filmed by a 12 year old that I received unexpectedly this month. It's the entire focus of the newsletter.
The impact of Gloria's video is that she demonstrates money alone is not the only way to capture the attention of all the school districts across Indiana and the rest of our country. What we need is thousands of people willing to share Gloria's passionate message, to inspire new "Glorias" to believe they can make a difference, and to inspire teachers, superintendents, school boards, food service directors, television stations, newspapers, and anyone that will listen that food is not trash.
What Can You Do?
We need people to post Gloria's film, and spread the message. Would you be willing to post Gloria's video to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and media outlets to help our state lead our nation away from the absurd practice of teaching our students that unopened food is trash? We can show Gloria and other students that their passionate voices can make a difference in the world! Please share the video now!
For those of you who do have time, here is the story behind it.
I recently presented our K-12 Food Rescue program to an organizational committee for the opportunity to receive a $100,000 grant to further our mission. When I came home from the presentation that afternoon, Audra Shock, the parent of 12-year-old middle school student Gloria Merrell, sent me an email that contained a PSA Gloria had filmed for K-12 Food Rescue for a school project. I had never met Gloria, nor did I ask her to film a PSA.
Immediately when I saw the film, I knew that it was far more important than the $100,000 grant opportunity. People listen to children. Their voices carry a significant amount of weight in our society, and often times they do not realize it. Gloria's film demonstrates the courage to believe that her 12-year-old voice could make a difference in some way.
157 school cafeterias, (see them here) in 27 school districts have stopped the madness of treating unopened food items as trash in the last 10 months through K-12 Food Rescue. Over 60,000 students are now hearing the message that food is not trash. They are hearing it so clearly that they are being inspired to preach the message to anyone that will listen, as Gloria's film does, and as Lauren Clay from West Clay Elementary does in this television interview.
Thank You for your continued support!
Food Rescue Executive Director