Vanderbilt junior swimmer Namilla Sanchez is keenly aware of the role proper nutrition plays in performance.
Vanderbilt junior swimmer Namilla Sanchez is keenly aware of the role proper nutrition plays in performance. She feels the results each time she dives into the pool – and in her ability to succeed in the classroom.
This appreciation of food’s impact, and that many in America live without reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable food, are what drive her passion for alleviating food insecurity through addressing the problem of food waste.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates Americans waste between 30 to 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. In 2010, that number equated to 133 billion pounds or $161 billion worth of wasted food.
“I don’t understand why people should have to struggle to have food on a daily basis when there’s so much food available,” Sanchez says.