Food and water, two resources most of us in America; especially in suburbia, take for granted. I know that I do. Turning on the tap for clean water, or opening my pantry for food is something I’m so accustomed to doing; I’ve become spoiled. Sure, my family and I give to our local food pantries, Goodwill store, and local shelter and we do our best not to waste water by turning off taps and conserving water when gardening, but there is so much more we can and should do to help protect our natural resources and help end hunger. I’m thrilled to partner with General Mills on their hunger relief scholars program for teens today. I think it’s a fantastic program! If you have teens, please read on!

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My thanks to today's' post sponsor, General Mills I will receive complimentary products to thank me for my time and all opinions expressed are my own.

 About Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program:

Feeding Better Futures empowers today’s youth to seek solutions in hunger relief and sustainable agriculture. Young innovators are invited to pitch their in-action solutions for the opportunity to present at the Aspen Ideas Festival, be partnered with industry mentors, and earn up to $50,000 to further their program and education. 

 The Problem:

“1 in 8 people on Earth struggle with hunger, including 13 million kids and teenagers in America and 2.5 million Canadians who live without secure access to food. We have the power to do something about it. Through the Feeding Better Futures campaign, you can become an agent of change to tackle food-related issues in your own backyard!”

The young actress from the Carrie Diaries, AnnaSophia Robb, has teamed up with General Mills to help encourage teens to enter the national contest. She even made a video with recipes that showcase a topic I've covered here before- ugly fruit.  Below her video is this alarming statement about our current food situation: 

 Watch her video here:

Accept The Challenge: 

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Did you know that By 2050, it is projected that there will be 9.2 billion people on the planet, and recent estimates suggest that food production will have to increase by 70% if we are to feed everyone?

How would you feed the future?

Share your in-action solution ("Project") that can play a role in solving hunger today or for tomorrow. You can tell us what you are ideating or already executing in your own community that can positively impact one (or more) of the following areas ("Challenge Areas"):

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 The Challenge Areas:

Agricultural and environmental Enrichment:

Promoting pollinator health
Protecting water quality and supporting conservation
Enriching soil health and conservation
Supporting crop health
Offering a fresh look at sourcing and producing sustainable ingredients

Hunger Relief

  • Ending or repurposing food waste
  • Offering access to quality, nutritious foods in food deserts

Teens Enter To Win:
If you think this program would be of interest to your teen, 13 or older, (and your family!) here are some key contest dates to know before making your decision to enter.

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Here's what you can Win:

 (1) Grand Prize Winner:
  • $50,000
  • Opportunity for mentorship with industry leaders
  • Ability to share their ideas at Aspen Idea Festival

 (4) Runners Up:

  • $ 10,000
  • Opportunity for mentorship with industry leaders 

 About Aspen Idea Festival:

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The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Some 350 presenters, 200 sessions, and 3,000 attendees comprise the annual Festival, launched in 2005, on the Aspen Institute's campus in Aspen, Colorado.

Enter Here:

Are you and your teens ready to get involved and make an impact on hunger relief now and in the future? I invite you to learn more about the General Mills scholars program here

I can’t wait to share this with my two teen daughters. One of our challenge areas is cutting down or eliminating our food waste. This topic should make for a lively dinnertime conversation and spark ideas on how we can improve.

Please share in comments: What challenge area do you think you and your family could improve upon? Do you have a teen who would be interested in this program?
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