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Local Students Win $2,500 from Pop-Tarts® and United Way to Improve Community

February 1st, 2021

Pop-Tarts and United Way announced Wellington students Sara Velasco and Cindy Fu were among the recipients of $2,500 grants from Pop-Tarts® and United Way as part of the recent Unwrap the Future Challenge. Grants were awarded to 20 young people across the country between the ages of 13 and 22 to spark their ideas for how best to improve their community. Ideas tackle local food insecurity, mental health issues, homelessness, bullying and other important topics.

Sara and Cindy were among the winners for their idea “Re-Wellington” to tackle food waste by developing a self-sustaining garden at the school. The garden will be sustained by a circular ecosystem that uses food waste produced by students to create compost to feed the vegetables that are served at the school.

“Pop-Tarts wants to provide the spark for young people to use their creativity and curiosity to bring positive change in their community, and this is just the start,” said Pop-Tarts’ Sarah Reinecke, Senior Director, Brand Marketing. “In addition, Pop-Tarts and Kellogg are committed to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030.”

“Congratulations to Sara and Cindy on their winning idea regarding food waste,” said Lisa S. Courtice, United Way of Central Ohio’s president & CEO. “Joining forces with Pop-Tarts to support the ideas of these young students will show real results in local communities in the months and years to come.”

The Unwrap the Future Challenge contributes towards Kellogg’s Better Days commitment to create better days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030.

About Kellogg Company
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we strive to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. Our beloved brands include Pringles®, Cheez-It®, Special K®, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats®, Kashi®, RXBAR®, MorningStar Farms® and more. Net sales in 2018 were approximately $13.5 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods like cereal and frozen foods. Kellogg brands are beloved in markets around the world. We are also a company with Heart & Soul, committed to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 through our Kellogg’s® Better Days global purpose platform. Visit or

About United Way
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide and $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.

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