New ways to fight hunger

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SHERRILL — It’s always nice to see ingenuity, imagination and hard work recognized, and this is what happened to an enterprising Sherrill teen at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

Adam Fellows, 19, was saluted by Hormel Foods for participating in a program designed to create innovative ways for a more transparent, secure and sustainable food system. Hormel Foods called this effort its “10 Under 20 Food Heroes Awards” program.

The program highlights those who have suggested ways to feed those in need and efforts to save the planet — demonstrating that anyone can make a difference in the world, regardless of age, background or resources.

For his VVS senior project, Fellows wanted to collect food for his local food pantry, but found the food pantry had been closed. To combat this situation, Fellows decided to build his own local food pantry in Sherrill, constructing a pocket pantry anyone can donate to. Fellows said he never set out to be recognized and was surprised his senior project made such an impact. Fellows was nominated by Garrett Law — a Sherrill native and VVS graduate. Law co-founded Attention Span Media, an agency that provides strategic advisory services to Hormel Foods.

Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods, praised the 10 young individuals for their projects. “The work of these incredible young people is inspiring, and we are so moved by their original ideas — both grassroots and cutting edge — to aid the fight against hunger and food insecurity and to lift up their communities and help those in need,” he said.

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