Gabrielle Posard is a 16-year-old high school sophomore from San Diego County that created the national charity, Donate Don’t Dump. Her goal is to change the paradigm of commercial food waste; reduce landfill dumping, decrease methane gas pollution, and alleviate hunger in a sustainable manner. At age 12, she discovered that in the U.S. over 96 billion pounds of edible food ends up in landfills, enough to fill 91 Empire State Buildings, yet 1 in 4 children experience hunger. Her dual solution alleviates hunger while helping to reduce landfill waste by promoting “food rescue”; coordinating grocers and food companies to donate their surplus or short dated food to food banks instead of dumping it. Her organization has grown to over 4,000 members/partners in four States engaging young people to get involved to collect and distribute food, help pass Zero Waste Legislation, and advocate for the environment and hungry. Her teen organization has been credited for rescuing over 800,000 pounds of food and 650,000 meals. Gabrielle's mission is to make commercial “food rescue” as common as recycling. She has been featured in PEOPLE magazine online and received multiple awards for her work.
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