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On October 30, 96 students from around Missouri came together for an innovation day to tackle challenges around increasing access to or participation in USDA meal programs. Teams worked with mentors including representatives from No Kid Hungry Missouri and Midwest Dairy to develop solutions through rapid prototyping and design thinking exercises. They pitched their ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the day - with the chance to walk away with a $1,000 grant to bring their big idea to life.

Check out this photo gallery of the winners, who each received $1000 from No Kid Hungry MO to bring their big ideas to life this school year! 

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We first met Madeline and Kaitlin at the 2016 SAP Social Innovation Series, where they pitched an idea to use a school greenhouse to teach students about seed to plate, utilizing local farmers and chefs to help teach participants more about healthy eating. Throughout the school year, Madeline and Kaitlin kept us updated as they submitted online Project Check Ins and joined student conference calls to share successes and challenges with other students. They encountered several setbacks over the course of the year, including a devastating loss of the greenhouse plants during a particularly hot week. Throughout it all, they learned to adjust their plans and persevere through challenges, and were excited to finally see their Project come to life, complete with a kickoff event this month to share results and learnings with their peers and community.

Next year, Madeline and Kaitlin have already recruited 30 students to join next year’s gardening club to continue their initiative. Like many other AdCap entrepreneurs, they’ve learned how to overcome problems and make a difference. We’re delighted to share these pictures from their kickoff event of “A Seed’s Story”!

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