What is a Social Entrepreneur?
Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices.
These Hinkle Creek Elementary students are working to fight the global food waste scandal by telling the story of their K-12 Food Rescue Program that keeps unopened food out of landfills. They fit the entire above definition.
They are taking pictures, collecting data, marketing K-12 Food Rescue to their school to make sure it is understood, and they are sending a message to all schools in America that "food is not trash", and courageously demonstrating that the old traditions of throwing away unopened and unpeeled food are a thing of the past!
Empowering students to believe they can make a positive impact on the world at a young age is only one of the many reasons every school should have a K-12 Food Rescue Program, and a Student Led Entrepreneurial Initiative on the subject of school food waste.
This interview notes our National Director of Student Leadership is the first student to start a Food Rescue program in a school in the country, which could be misunderstood. Hanna is the first student to actually take the lead role from start to finish that we are aware of and see it through it's completion and implementation. In short, adults followed her lead. There are other schools across the country who started a Food Rescue program before East Meckenburg HS, but Hanna's accomplishment is unique.