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Aditi Kini

Surrey, BC

Aditi Kini is a University student at Queens University in the Health Sciences program and is the receipt of the Medal of Good Citizenship, reflecting generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aditi Kini implemented 20 projects targeted towards Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities that were struggling during the pandemic due to their inability to provide for themselves. These struggles entailed financial concerns, the inability to purchase essential items, and/or the inability to leave home (i.e. immunocompromised individuals) to name a few drivers. Aditi Kini’s projects ranged from making clothing hampers to garnering food donations. She also founded the organization, The New Horizons Foundation, in 2019, with the goal of extending support to girls in rural India in order to provide sustainable and effective solutions for their development, including contributions to the sustenance of sanitation infrastructure in their schools. After raising funds with the help of family and friends, the plan was to implement this project in 2020.

Sandwich making initiative at Queens University

This project aims to engage Queen's students to give back to their community by initiating a food drive by preparing a meal kit including sandwiches, cookies and juice for the Kingston community's homeless. We hope to make this an ongoing initiative (once a month for 4-5 months) to provide meals to various homeless shelters.

About this Project

Communities Served

My project will involve and/or impact the following communities:

  • At risk youth & children

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

When it comes to community impact projects, the UN has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are the Sustainable Development Goals associated with my project.

  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 5: Gender equality
  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

How the project works

The partner organizations: Bags of Promise Homeless shelters (TBD) ACTION: I have used a 2-step approach to undertake to execute my project: Step 1: GATHER REQUIREMENTS: Contacted the director of the commitment scholarship to get approval to carry on the project. Found various places to assemble sandwiches and have received permission to carry out project within the spaces Made a budget Built a team of volunteers who share a common interest- Commitment Scholars and Promise Scholars Contacted stores (Superstore, Safeway, No Frills, Save on food, and Walmart) to see if they offered discounts. Shortlisted two stores and made a list of items, made a price comparison, and went with the store that offered more discount and was priced reasonably. Step 2: PURCHASE AND DISTRIBUTION (still to be done) Apply for grants Shop for the items once a month based on online shopping lists and utilize any available discount coupons etc. Reusable, long-lasting, food-grade plastic containers will be purchased to utilize better and pack the items. Connect with the homeless shelters director to organize a monthly food distribution schedule. Schedule a time and date with the group members to purchase, prepare and distribute food. Timeframe: 8 months (September-April)

Project Impact

This project will provide homeless individuals with healthy and nutritious meals.

Project Mission

We hope to make this an ongoing initiative (once a month for 8 months) to provide meals to various homeless shelters.

Project Team

Scholar Committee consisting of 10-12 people