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Distinguished Finalist

Phillip Mathew

Hinsdale, Illinois

Phillip Mathew, 17, of Hinsdale, Illinois, a senior at Hinsdale Central High School, worked with his brother to develop “Got Food?,” a mobile app that allows users to locate nearby food pantries and soup kitchens, and determine their eligibility for food and housing benefits. Phillip regularly updates information and features on his app, has helped establish partnerships with other organizations fighting hunger, and co-authored a position paper on a piece of congressional legislation.