Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
Re-Feeding America has the following objectives and activities: 1. Re-Feeding America aims to reduce the food waste by providing a platform to connect farmers with schools and universities via website or app and allowing ugly but otherwise good quality produces to be consumed instead of being wasted. Right now, around 16% of all produce is being thrown out without even reaching the consumer level, simply because of their appearance. 2. Re-Feeding America enables schools across the country to offer nutritious meals with a lower cost without compromising their quality, alleviating the meal programs reliance on government subsidization, expanding the programs reach to more underprivileged students, and easing the financial strain on schools. While many schools currently offer low cost or free meals for those in need, the food choice and/or quality is often less than desirable. 3. Re-Feeding America also strives to achieve a positive environmental impact through food waste reduction. Currently, the wasted produces account for 25% of all freshwater used in farming globally. Furthermore, once decomposed in landfills, these food waste creates methane that which is 23 times more deadly than carbon dioxide. By reducing food waste, we promote and support environmentally sustainable farming. 4. Re-Feeding America promotes environmental consciousness and healthy diet by putting part of its profit back to educating students in participating schools on key environmental issues and healthy lifestyle. 5. Re-Feeding America provides part-time job and volunteering opportunities for students who shares the same core value and are interested in gaining experience in nonprofit organizations.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Re-Feeding America will primarily target farmers and schools, including colleges, universities and K to 12 schools. The expected positive impacts on sustainable development include zero hunger and sustainable cities and communities. With a lower cost, the program to be put in place will allow schools to offer nutritious meals to more underprivileged students, with an overarching goal of zero hunger. The program will also bring additional revenue to farmers, supporting the sustainable farming community. The profit of Re-Feeding America will be largely given back to the community by sponsoring educational programs on environmental consciousness and healthy lifestyle for students at all stages, preparing them to become more responsible and productive citizens. There will be a series of key metrics to measure the success of Re-Feeding America: 1. The organization has to be financially self-sufficient and profibale within 12 months from its inception, including supporting its staff and volunteers; 2. The organization has to reach a defined number of farmers within 12 months from its inception; 3. The impacted farmers should have no less than 5% increase in their revenue; 4. The organization has to reach a defined number of schools within 12 months from its inception; 5. The impacted schools should have no less than 10% decrease in the cost of their meal programs; 6. The impacted schools should have a defined number of student participate in the educational program on key environmental issues and healthy lifestyles.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Re-feeding America will operate as a nonprofit organization. 1. The organization requires a startup funding from sources like department of education, department of agriculture, farmers association. 2. The start up funding will be primarily used on: 1) development of the website; 2) establish a database of schools and farmers; 3) promotion via both traditional media and social media; and 4) stipend for volunteers and part-time staff. 3. The participating farmers will pay a annual membership fee, approximately at 3-5% of the revenue they gain from the program. Re-Feeding America will identify and match schools with each participating farmer based on the type and volume of produces. 4. The participating schools are free to join the program. In exchange for their access to low cost produces, they are committed to expanding their free meal coverage and allocating 10% of their cost savings for educational programs on environmental issues and healthy lifestyle. 5. The main revenue source for Re-Feeding America comes from the membership fee of the participating farmers. 6. The key competency of the organization is its ability and its algorithm that takes into account location, food type, production volume, and school demand, to match farmers with the right schools to absorb their produce with minimal logistic hassle and minimize the costs on both sides.
My name is Megan Chen and I am 15 years old. I was born in Canada, but I have been living the United States for most of my life. I am passionate about solving all different types of issues in our world from racism to environmental problems. I have always been a hard worker, and I am focused and dedicated to any activity that I am a part of. Earlier this year, I was recognized for some of my work targeting the problems of implicit bias and stereotyping in my community. I have received several awards at the national level for different business related topics such as economics and prepared speech. I will be starting entrepreneurship classes at my school this coming school year, and I often help with and run many entrepreneurial and innovative thinking workshops all around my area for kids and teens. I am especially passionate about this problem of food waste because it is something I see around me on a day to day basis. With America being a leader in the most food waste every year, and the percentage rising constantly, I believe that this is a major problem that needs to be focused on right away. While attention is often given to to larger environmental issues such as climate change and pollution, few realize that seemingly trivial things such as reducing food waste on a daily basis could make a measurable positive impact on the cause. If you would like to learn even more, feel free to email me at [email protected]