Press Clips

Through my work at MEANS Database, and my independent activism, getting positive press and expanding name identification has been important. Below I’ve featured some of the articles and press pieces I’m most proud of coordinating. If you would like more examples, please don’t hesitate to email me!

The revolutionary technology helping to fight food waste

One of the most profound contradictions of modern America is that more than 45 million Americans don’t have enough to eat, but the country wastes an estimated 40 percent of its food. The forces fueling this paradox are complex: Grocery stores think they’ll assume legal liability in donating food.

Student: DeVos Campus Sex Assault Rules Will Hurt Victims

The Trump administration has ordered colleges to change how they handle sexual assault cases. Some college students said this will hurt victims. “Even with the guidance from the Obama administration, they did everything they could to make this easier, and it’s still a terrifying process.

Maria Rose Belding: Bullied Student Created a Network to Feed Thousands

Know a hero? Send suggestions to [email protected] For more inspiring stories, read the latest issue of PEOPLE magazine Maria Rose Belding spent her middle and high school years being shoved into lockers, physically threatened and told she should kill herself to make the world a better place.

AU students receive President’s Service Award

Two AU students were recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work as members of the non-profit online database MEANS. Juniors Maria Rose Belding, the founder of MEANS, and Zoey Jordan Salsbury, director of public communications for the database, were awarded the honors in a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on May 20.

This college junior is fighting food waste to help the needy

Maria Rose Belding is a rising junior at American University and in between studying, doing homework and taking tests, she runs a non-profit that helps cut down food waste in 48 states. MEANS Database, Belding’s organization, is a non-profit communications platform for emergency food providers and their donors.

Fighting Hunger the Millennial Way

This article is from the archive of our partner Taunted and shoved into lockers, Maria Rose Belding found refuge from middle-school bullies at her church’s food pantry. A place that provided groceries and hope to the poor of Pella, Iowa, offered Maria Rose “a place of calm and quiet and safe,” she says, “and I felt good about myself.”

Maria Rose Belding MEANS Business When It Comes to Feeding the Hungry

What were you doing when you were 19? I was drinking my way through university (I went to school in Australia where the legal drinking age is 18), but Maria Rose Belding is changing the world in a very #BUILTBYGIRLS kind of way. Maria is a L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honoree.

How big data and big ideas solve social challenges

The global surge of data is transforming our world. Some may fear it, others may believe it to be trivial. But for the homeless District of Columbia woman or the Haitian man needing to feed his children, big data represents a powerful tool to connect those in need with those able to help.

How a 20-Year-Old Has Saved 4K Pounds of Uneaten Food

There are 48 million Americans who, at some point each year, may be unable to get enough food. Meanwhile, a third of the country’s food goes to waste . This isn’t as easy an issue to solve as… Money News Summaries. | Newser

Activists Urging Obamacare Supporters to Mail Ashes of Dead People to Congress

“Millions of Americans rely on protections and coverage from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,” the campaign website insists. “The Republicans [sic] new bill will gut these protections and many will die.” The site then urges supporters to gather the ashes of dead people and send them along to any Republican member of Congress.

Women On Clinton And Sanders Campaigns Allege Sexual Harassment

Lilian Adams and Zoey Jordan Salsbury were teenagers when they started working on opposite sides of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Adams, then 19, joined Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Salsbury, then 18, joined Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign. They were ready to make the world a better place by helping to elect their candidate.

‘Mail my body to Paul Ryan’: An extremely morbid way to protest the GOP health-care bill

Mailing human ash is not nearly as complicated as you might think. You basically just need some bubble wrap, a sturdy box and a special label, according the U.S. Postal Service’s handy guide. But why? Why would you? That’s in the pamphlet, too.

College student creates dark idea to get back at congresspeople who voted yes on AHCA

Now that the American Health Care Act has cleared the House of Representatives, taking an estimated 24 million people a step closer to losing health insurance, a new website is stepping in to help. Namely, by ensuring that the ashes of those who could die as a result end up on Republican doorsteps.

FACT CHECK: Can You Have Your Ashes Mailed to Congress?

If you die, you can send your ashes to legislators as one final act of protest. If you die an untimely death, can you have your ashes sent to the person of your choice? What if you would like to send it to your least favorite representative in order to protest legislation they have written or voted for?

Left adopts shock tactics in Obamacare repeal fight

One newly formed progressive super PAC is planning to cart caskets to Republican lawmakers’ districts and hold mock funerals for their constituents. Another activist is encouraging protesters to ship their own ashes – should they die without health care -to GOP lawmakers.

AU students receive President’s Service Award

Two AU students were recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work as members of the non-profit online database MEANS. Juniors Maria Rose Belding, the founder of MEANS, and Zoey Jordan Salsbury, director of public communications for the database, were awarded the honors in a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on May 20.

This college student created an app that has already saved thousands of pounds of food waste

If you think young Americans are lazy, spend five minutes talking with Maria Rose Belding. The 20-year-old American University sophomore is the co-founder of MEANS Database, which connects people, organizations, and businesses with extra food with food banks and pantries that need it. In its first year, the food recovery notification system rescued about 4,000 pounds of…