We’re proud to announce January’s Hunger Hero, Alli Sosna of Microgreens!

Alli recognized that obesity was a problem in DC schools and wanted to do something about it. So she created Microgreens for middle school children from low-income families, a program designed to help teach kids how to make healthy choices on a limited budget.

Meeting once a week over the course of 8 weeks, the students gather to learn cooking basics like how to wash and chop veggies before moving on to how to butcher a chicken. Most importantly, they learn how to stretch their ingredients out into many meals.

The majority of the children Alli works with subscribe to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program aka SNAP or “food stamps.” All the meals they make cost just $3.50 per meal for a family of four.

At the end of the program, the students graduate and compete “Top Chef” style to recreate a chicken stir fry from start to finish. The winner receives a slow cooker, measuring spoons, and a cutting board. Win or lose, everyone goes home with the confidence to recreate these meals on their own.

Alli loves hearing her students talk about using their new skills at home -- even teaching their own parents how to butcher a chicken! One student said he cooked an entire meal for his family with the slow cooker he won from graduation. Another student said she cooked a meal for her mother every night one week.

Microgreens originated in Washington, DC and is now located in Brooklyn, NY. To learn more and get involved follow Microgreens on the web, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thank you Alli Sosna and Microgreens. Together we are helping to end hunger.

Every month millions of Americans volunteer their time to help end hunger in America. At Cheeky, we’re not only on a mission to help end hunger, but bring light to all the amazing people that make it possible. Every month we’ll recognize local hunger heroes in communities across the United States with the Cheeky Paper Plate Awards. Nominate someone today.