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Distinguished Finalist

Shirley Zhu

Houston, Texas

Shirley Zhu, 16, of Houston, Texas, a junior at Bellaire High School, established and runs “Project Fresh Hub,” which provides fresh produce and baked goods to people living in food deserts; her efforts include spreading awareness of food deserts, partnering with grocery stores, bakeries and a nonprofit, developing an app, and organizing monthly markets to distribute the donations. Project Fresh Hub has donated more than 5,500 pounds of food to benefit nearly 900 people.