Koos Mohamed, left, accepts a 2021 Youth Food Charter Champion Award for Leadership presented by Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn member Shelley Kruszewski, right, and Christine Bosse of Bangor Savings Bank, center, during the first youth awards on Aug. 3, 2021. Nominations for 2022 youth winners are being accepted online until June 20 at goodfood4la.org/awards. Submitted photo

This summer, the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn plans to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary and host the second annual Youth Food Charter Champion Awards.

Five outstanding youth (individuals and/or groups) will be recognized for taking initiative to grow a healthy local food system from farm-to-fork, according to a news release from the council.

Those eligible to win include individuals ages 11 to 25 and groups living in Androscoggin County. The public can submit nominations to support the identification of winners at goodfood4la.org/awards.

Individuals and groups with a demonstrated passion for local food issues such as ending hunger, gardening, composting and food policy are encouraged to nominate themselves, or be nominated. Information about award categories, as well as profiles of the 2021 youth winners, are also on the council’s website.

In addition to a framed award, five winners will each receive a $100 Buoy Local Card, a $50 gift card to Boba, two movie passes to Flagship Cinemas. Their efforts will be highlighted on the council website and through local media.

Awards are to be presented at an outdoor event this summer, to be announced. The presenting sponsors of the awards are Bangor Savings Bank, Rinck Advertising, and St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.

Food Charter Champion Awards are given annually by the council to highlight efforts to create a more vibrant and sustainable local food system from farm-to-fork. Those honored with awards lead by example in one or more of the five principles of the LA Community Food Charter. In the past, awards have been given to entities; this is the second year that all awardees will be youth.

The deadline to receive nominations for 2022 Youth Awards is 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 20. More information about the awards can be found at goodfood4la.org/awards. For questions, call 207-464-4800 or email goodfood4la@gmail.com.

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