Social Entrepreneurs and Service Learning

Project Example: Food Insecurity

“An estimated 100 billion pounds of food, enough to totally eliminate hunger, is thrown away annually in the United States. It does not have to be this way.”

“I wish there was something we could do about the food problem in our community”

Director, local United Way

What we know:

  • Canned food drives
  • Holiday meals

What we don’t address:

  • Sporadic engagement with the need for daily food supply
  • Insufficient stock in our food banks
  • A hodgepodge of donated items that don’t meet nutritional needs

The Service Learning Project: Food2Share

Garnering Prepared Foods
Created in New York
Based on models from Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Kansas

Project work of social entrepreneurs:

  • Kentucky: USA Harvest, Stan Garrett
  • Florida: Tampa Bay Harvest, 100 Tampa Bay Schools, David Levitt
  • Georgia: Atlanta’s Table
  • Kansas: Hallmark

Government support resources:

  • EPA: Food Donation: Feed Families, Not Landfills 
  • Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act 
  • USDA: A Citizen’s Guide to Food Recovery 

Service learning project created in New York by Hartwick College First-year seminar students:

  • Food garnered from school cafeterias
  • Daily involvement for all students at all grade levels
  • District-wide model

Fifth grade disciplines incorporated

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Health