ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT LIN ZHANG, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Northeastern University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 2 & UNAI 9

" My vision of a better world is where those in need can have access to nutritious food while the rest can contribute to reducing food waste. Sustainability in food is a topic that I want to bring awareness to because I've been lucky enough to have seen how food in the farm fields eventually arrives on the dinner table. Being a Millennium Fellow allows my voice to be stronger in sharing my experience and increasing the appreciation for food within my generation. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Zero Hunger Zero Waste

Zero Hunger Zero Waste is a project to alleviate hunger by rescuing leftover food and to Increase appreciation for food in order to prevent food waste. The project advocates for the creation of sustainable communities where resources are saved to be allocated to those in need. Zero Hunger Zero Waste gathers a group of student volunteers to perform food rescues where they pick up and deliver fresh food from food donors to homeless shelters across the Greater Boston Area. So far, 1,600 pounds of catered food intended to be thrown away were successfully donated and more than 1,300 meals were served.

Zero Hunger Zero Waste aims to expand the volunteer group and have more weekly food rescues while building our social media presence to educate young people about food sustainability. The goal is to reach 1,500 meals served and 200 Instagram followers. They also plan to build a tight community among the food rescuers with the goal of organizing three team-bonding events.

About the Millennium Fellow

Lin Zhang is a second-year student at Northeastern University studying Cellular and Molecular Biology. She moved to New York City from China when she was eight years old. Her childhood experience in rural China fostered her passion to help eliminate food insecurity and food waste. Lin grew up witnessing the laborious process of farming from her grandparents, which taught her to never take food for granted. Now, Lin organizes food rescues where volunteers pick up and deliver donated food to homeless shelters. In the future, Lin hopes to raise awareness about food insecurity and advocate for preventing food waste.

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