“Less Waste, More Taste,” Santa Fe, NM Eco-Schools Coalition, a State Farm Good Neighbor Grantee
Students from across Santa Fe joined forces to create a sustainable waste reduction campaign to create change in the Santa Fe public school system. “Less Waste, More Taste” offered educational workshops for youth and teachers, recruited a corps of students to spread the word about waste reduction, led waste audits, and lobbied their school board to adopt sustainable practices. As part of the campaign, the group organized a peaceful protest, rallying students to bring their own plates and utensils to the school cafeteria. As a result of the students’ work, Santa Fe schools now use recyclable lunch trays instead of environmentally- unfriendly Styrofoam.
Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants were awarded to 25 outstanding young people, who created REAL CHANGE by implementing local programs to address hunger and food insecurity their communities.
1,233 youth volunteers engaged 17,745 people served
19,208 food items collected & donated
4,609 individuals received emergency food from community kitchens
49 orphaned & homeless families received assistance
EarthCare, Santa Fe, NM A Sodexo Foundation Lead Organizer
On Global Youth Service Day 2011, EarthCare worked with the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Public Schools, and the Santa Fe Community Farm, which donates all food to local schools and food banks. They also organized a celebration at an elementary school, distributing information about childhood hunger and helping students plant seedlings to start home gardens.
238 youth received financial literacy training or services
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