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King Students to Get Award at Food Summit

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King Students to Get Award at Food Summit
Posted on 03/04/2020
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A Feb. 2 Portland Press Herald story featured the efforts by King Middle School students to reduce food waste in the cafeteria to help fight climate change.

After the PPH story about the students’ Pathways to the Plate and Beyond expedition ran, the organizers of the Food Impact Summit at Harvard University reached out because they want to honor King for its work in food-waste reduction, according to King Principal Caitlin LeClair. King students are slated to receive an award recognizing their efforts at Harvard on March 18.

The award is a $2, 000 grant to continue doing food-related things, LeClair said.

“Basically, they want to award King as one of their ‘10 under 20’ recipients,” LeClair said. “This award goes to kids who are doing great things to reduce food waste and to help with hunger.”

She said other recipients range from a 5-year old-who ran a lemonade stand to pay off school lunch debt to a 13-year-old who stuffs backpacks with food for school vacations.

Approximately 10 students will travel to Harvard for the food summit on March 18 to receive the award. They will get lunch, the award, and a tour of the campus, LeClair said.