The inspiration behind Seeds of Knowledge
In eighth grade, as a member of her middle school’s Student Council Executive Board, Namrita helped plan the annual Day of Giving. Through her experience, Namrita learned that food insecurity is a pressing issue in Highland Park and Highwood, Illinois, where there is an invisible population of families in need. One in every four elementary students qualify for federal reduced price lunch programs, and 5.9% of residents rely on food stamps. Namrita worked with her class to pack 5,000 cans of food for local families, she had an epiphany: while they were helping curb hunger, they weren’t improving the nutritional “food security” of those living in poverty. With that thought, an idea was born.