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  • Melissa Spiesman
    Ross Local Schools Food Serivce
  • Mimi Dyer
    Ross High School Assistant Principal

Project Description

JEE Foods is a legally structured, 501(c)3 company that occupies the Food Rescue space. The idea for JEE Foods originally started as part of a global project we were asked to join. Samsung America selected our class as one of eight high schools in the world to work in global teams to develop solutions to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We were paired with a top science high school in South Korea, and tasked with developing solutions for SDG #1, No Poverty; and SDG #2, Zero Hunger. This team worked for several months and at the end of the 12 week project, we presented our solution to a special session at the UN. After the UN presentation, these students decided to turn their solution in to a non-profit company designed to provide Jobs, Education, and Economy (JEE) to our local communities and then scale to other areas.

Goals

The goal of JEE Foods is to reduce food waste, eliminate hunger, and to break the poverty cycle that has been allowed to grow in our region and in this country.

"The project started as an Inquiry Based Learning unit, but quickly turned into an entrepreneurial enterprise that will continue to grow and is being replicated in other parts of the state. Having to prepare myself and my students to speak at the UN was an intense activity that I would gladly do again. Students have learned, and continue to learn on a daily basis because they are operating a real business, supporting people that depend on them. As we continue to develop more entrepreneurial endeavors, I would like to scale this process to other Butler Tech programs."
— Tom O'Neill, teacher
"“Our organization has grown from a tiny class project now all the way to a registered non-profit organization.” "
— Levi G., student
"“It’s amazing to see the amount of change you can have on someone’s life. Someone who would have gone to bed on an empty stomach is being given the chance to have a meal. I’ve learned that anybody can make a difference. I mean, I am a sophomore at Ross High School and I am helping change people’s lives all throughout our community,” "
— Alayna M., student
"“It’s very rewarding. Just like when I go on donation runs, seeing the look on people’s faces when they know they’ll have a meal to serve their children at night.”"
— Brett E. , student

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