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Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Josh

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Josh (16) from Spokane, WA, heads up a project called ReProduce81, a food donation program that collects food that students would otherwise throw away. Spokane is a city where a river separates two social classes, and with a student body mixed of the city’s wealthiest and most poor, Josh’s school sits at the heart of that divide. ReProduce81 bridges the gap between his school’s social divide.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? I live in a city where a river separates two social classes separated by a 17 year lifespan difference. My school sits at the heart of that difference, with a student body mixed of Spokane’s wealthiest and poor. We have kids who waste food daily because of its abundance; we have students who do not know where their next meal will come from. This inspired me to start ReProduce 81, a food donation program that collects food that students would otherwise throw away and donates it back to students in need, bridging the gap between my school’s social divide.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project?  40
  3. How many adult volunteers participated in your service project?  3
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project?  300
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 100
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 45
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? Since my time applying for a K4C Microgrant, I have been surprised by the outpouring of support I have received from my school and community. I have gathered support from district administration who have previously been hesitant to start ReProduce 81. I have gathered support from city councilmen, State Representatives, family, and friends.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? From my experience in the nonprofit world, I have learned the behind-the-scenes to the policies of nonprofits. I have learned about their obstacles, boundaries, and steps necessary to make a viable difference in a community. I have found in myself the persistence to pursue something I am passionate about and have learned what it takes to make a difference in one’s community—big or small.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? My project will continue to operate after I graduate from high school, and I hope it remains an indefinite program that continues to grow and expand to other schools in the Spokane Public Schools and beyond. I have recruited younger students to lead ReProduce 81 after I have graduated and plan for them to do the same.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? The K4C microgrant has allowed me to purchase the bins and stands as well as marketing materials necessary to expand ReProduce 81 to other schools and gain the community support that has allowed me to inform the public about the food waste epidemic in my community and school.