The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for the year 2014 was announced on 20 October 2014. The winners include among others, an Indian American teenager Kiran Sridhar. He is one of the 25 recipients of The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for 2014.
He was selected for the award because he had created Waste No Food website (www.wastenofood.org). It is a free, web-based service that efficiently links food donors with charities that feed the hungry.
Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders aged between eight and 18 years across America who have made a significant positive difference to people and/or to the environment.
The top 10 winners receive 5000 US dollars cash award to support their service work or higher education.
About Kiran Sridhar
Sridhar is the founder, executive director, president and secretary of the Waste No food site.
In four years, his group has redistributed food to serve over 100000 meals. He began his work after volunteering at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, which serves three meals daily to anyone in need.
Researching the hunger problem, he learned that it’s largely one of food distribution and that one third of all food in California is wasted.
Sridhar also began to better understand the science of wasted food and its effect on our landfills and methane emissions. He resolved to help others see the food waste problem as both a humanitarian and an environmental one.
Sridhar conceived of a simple system that would make use of technology and allow donors to post available food to pre-approved charities which in turn, would claim it and pick it up.
He has rallied 140 students at his high school to help sign-up food donors and make the system a rousing success, with others schools and community colleges eager to start their own chapters. For the past year, he has been developing a mobile app for cell phones set to launch soon that will allow even easier and more efficient use of Waste No Food.
What: was announced
When: 20 October 2014