PSJA student's concern for food wasted at school sparks change

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 3:35pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:17am

What started as an email from a student concerned about wasted food is now the first partnership in the Valley between a school district and the RGV Food Bank.

Priscilla De Leon isn't your average teenager.

Last spring during her senior year of high school, she noticed a problem at her school regarding leftover food being thrown out.

"I always made small talk with the cafeteria ladies and they would always tell me how they would have to throw away the extra food," De Leon explained.

That's what prompted her to send an email to the PSJA superintendent, Dr. Daniel King, which voiced her concern about the cafeteria food going to waste.

Her voice was heard, and now, there is a partnership between the PSJA school disctrict and the RGV Food Bank to send the extra food from the schools in the district to families in need.

"There's always time to help people, so why not help?" De Leon said.  "Even though I was just a month away from graduating, graduation was the least of my worries."

This program is the first of its kind in the Valley, but the CEO of the RGV Food Bank is hopeful that the partnership is the first of many to come in the near future.

"I think other school districts will realize the need and the opportunity to keep from wasting food that is surplus and extra and be able to donate it," said Terri Drefke, CEO of the RGV Food Bank.

Since the partnership with PSJA, the Food Bank has delivered more than 1,000 pounds of food to people in need.

And for the girl whose email started it all, she's now at a loss for words to explain her emotions seeing the results of her actions.

"I'm excited that my voice was heard, " De Leon said with a massive smile.  "It's an extraordinary feeling.  I can't describe it at all."

 

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