Battel will be recognized nationally for her leadership as co-founder of “Meating the Need for Our Village,” a program designed to combat food insecurity in her community. In the United States, food insecurity — or the lack of consistent access to healthy food — affects millions of people.
4-H, a youth-development organization, offers a variety of programs for students wanting to learn life skills. At just 12 years old, Battel started the food insecurity program with a team of fellow Huron County 4-H students after the city became a food dessert when its only grocery store closed. Recognizing the need for higher quality foods for those in need, Battel secured grants and contributions from the community and began providing high-quality protein to local food pantries.