As the eldest son of a Kurdish family that fled persecution in Syria, Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli knows struggle. After living in German refugee camps for six years, his family immigrated to the United States two weeks after 9/11 and settled in one of the Atlanta area ’s poorest communities. “We moved to Clarkston —…

When Maria Rose Belding was 14, she saw expired food being discarded — while a line of hungry people waited to be fed — at a pantry in Philadelphia. The dichotomy made no sense to Belding, and the moment sparked her mission to minimize food waste and decrease hunger.   In college, Belding founded the MEANS…

On any given summer day in Atlanta, a sell-out crowd of about 41,000 fans can come to SunTrust Park and watch the Braves play the great American pastime:  baseball.  But sadly, that same stadium could be filled to capacity more than 12 times over by the 500,000 children living in Atlanta’s food deserts:  areas where…

Growing up, Michael Trotter Jr. said his mother knew the turkey sandwiches, hot dogs and cupcakes he and his siblings were constantly eating weren’t good for them. But life in homeless shelters was traumatic, and eating a nutritious meal was not high on his mother’s priority list. “When you’re under those circumstances, it’s a painful…