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She makes sure unwanted food gets to hungry Americans

Maria Rose Belding remembers throwing away hundreds of boxes of mac and cheese because they had expired. Now she’s found a way to make sure food gets to hungry people before it’s thrown away.

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.

College students create app to help feed those in need

Led by Maria Rose Belding, a group of students created MEANS Database to help connect businesses with leftovers to charities in need.

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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.

Fighting Hunger the Millennial Way

Maria Rose is now a 20-year-old sophomore at American University in Washington, where she is fighting the decades-old war on hunger in a way unique to the millennial generation. She and her business partner, George Washington University law student Grant Nelson, are social entrepreneurs using technology and a purpose-driven spirit to tackle anew what government and other 20th century institutions can’t – or won’t – fix.

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

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.

Activism

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.

Will Progressives Buy Gillibrand’s Crusade Against Big Money in Politics?

Kirsten Gillibrand in 2017. Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Less than 12 hours after the country watched her announce on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert she was launching an exploratory committee for president in 2020, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood in front of reporters, backdropped by family favorite the Country Diner in her hometown of Brunswick, and made it official: “I’m running for president,” said Gillibrand on Wednesday.

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.

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.