Competition wants to curb food insecurity in Delaware Valley

Workers in a restaurant.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People in the restaurant industry are working to curb food insecurity in Philadelphia.  

The Economy League's Full City Challenge called on people in food service to find ways to help others.

Nick Frontino with the League says the region's lack of access to economic opportunity and jobs led them to hold the competition, where the winners got $5,000 and technical assistance with their idea.

"Looking to the community for innovative solutions that address challenging issues around hunger and access to food," Frontino said. 

Oscar Wang and his team, CollegeTogether, won the competition by developing ways to help students land meaningful jobs in the restaurant industry while going to school.

"We came up with this idea based on the fact that students in Philadelphia deserve a debt free supportive pathway to higher education that meets them where they are," Wang said. 

CollegeTogether will provide students with a host of different resources to help them succeed in both work and school.

"We wanted to create something, where we could kind of redefine what it meant to be a working college student, an earning learner, as we call it," Wang added. 

Wang's group beat out 32 other groups to win the grand prize.