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Youth empowerment is an attitudinal, structural, and cultural process whereby young people gain the ability, authority, and agency to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people, including youth and adults.


Educating the youth is an important aspect of Grind Out Hunger’s mission. Education both about hunger issues within their community as well as good nutritional choices are main focuses of our educational piece. We also focus on exercise and the importance of finding something you are passionate about and pursuing it.


Grind Out Hunger harnesses the energy of the youth, and their concern for helping their peers, to raise awareness, food, and funds to fight hunger.  The goal is to mobilize students to take action and become leaders around the issue of childhood hunger.

Grind Out Hunger

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Hunger Fighter Spotlight

Meet Marissa Hushaw

“18 year old Santa Cruz native, Marissa Hushaw has joined the Grind Out Hunger team in an attempt to fight hunger within Santa Cruz County and beyond. Marissa has been snowboarding since she was 6 years old and uses her snowboarding passion to help the community. ”


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