December 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Summit Spurs Students to Combat Hunger & Food Waste

Demarest, NJ: Hunger remains a widespread issue, even in some of the most affluent communities, yet a great deal of food is wasted every day. With this information in hand, three Academy of the Holy Angels juniors are planning to do their part to combat hunger and food waste.

AHA Outreach members Sophia Costa of Oradell, Daniella Hernandez of Northvale, and Sarah McGowan of Rutherford attended the 2018 Teen Hunger Summit at Seton Hall Prep. This annual convocation is a collaborative effort between the host school and the FoodBank of New Jersey.

“The overall Teen Hunger Summit was about taking action and finding new ways to stay healthy, give back to the community, and support one another,” McGowan reported.

While she was involved in a small group activity, McGowan was inspired to set goals for herself. She plans to launch a program at the Academy that will help support the FoodBank. In addition, she will work to spark interest among her classmates so they will be more involved in battling hunger.

Hernandez left the summit with a greater understanding of how much food is wasted at schools, and how school budget cuts can lead to a lack of nutritious meals.

“Today, we still have many students who are hungry at school because they might not have money to buy lunch and they do not have the means to bring lunch from home,” Hernandez noted. Schools, she added, should provide the most nutritious meals possible, since nutrition impacts behavior and how people learn.

“After attending the summit, I became inspired to take action and find ways to avoid wasting food. I also became more conscious about the types of food that I eat, especially at school, since I want to be in the best condition possible to learn. I also discovered that many of our eating habits are formed when we are young and at school; therefore, what we eat now will have a lifelong impact on our health.”

Moderated by AHA Campus Minister Maryanne Miloscia and AHA Director of Campus Ministry Kathy Sylvester, the Academy’s Outreach organization helps to coordinate the school’s many community service projects.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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