Honors students recognized with Philanthropy award

Members of the Detroit Feedback Loop (L-R Nicholas Ang, Camilla Cascardo, Danielle Quallich, Lillian Ranspach, Olivia Oates, and Nazir Jairazbhoy) accept the Sparky Anderson Youth in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundrasing Professionals of Greater Detroit.

The Detroit Feedback Loop keeps racking up the accolades.

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Feedback Loop was presented with the 2018 Sparky Anderson Award for Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Detroit.

According to their website, the Association of Fundraising Professionals is the international professional association of those working in the fundraising profession. It is a trade association based on serving the various professional needs of its members.

The Sparky Anderson Award for Youth in Philanthropy was instituted as a way to recognize and reward philanthropic young people and to educate youths about the importance of helping and giving. When children are personally involved and actively engaged in a project, their "hands-on" experience greatly enhances the learning experience. The purpose of the youth award is three-fold: first, to thank students for volunteering their time and energy to a particular project; second, as an inspiration to encourage other children to become involved in fundraising activities by following the example of the winners; and third, to give public recognition to youths and their philanthropic projects.

"Receiving the Sparky Anderson Youth in Philanthropy Award means so much to us at Detroit Feedback Loop (DFL)," said Nicholas Ang, a senior Psychology Honors student and the co-founder of the Detroit Feedback Loop. "It's something we never expected to receive, and it's only encouraging us to do more. We are really passionate about taking part in the revitalization of Detroit, learning on the streets of our gritty city as students, and pushing the reaches of DFL and its impact. DFL is a pipeline connecting students to opportunities to become leaders today and advocates for the underserved tomorrow. I'm so lucky to have had the opportunity to take part in building this project, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes!"

The Feedback Loop started in 2017 as a way to help solve the need of food waste on Wayne State's campus and in the surrounding community.

To date, the group has recovered approximately 18,389 pounds of food, equating to roughly 15,324 meals.

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