Maria Rose Belding is the co-founder and executive director of the MEANS Database, a nonprofit communications platform for emergency food providers in 36 states and counting. She is a nationally recognized writer on food security policy and practice, with pieces published by Scholastic, Gannett and the Huffington Post and her resources for fellow students in schools in nine nations. Maria Rose's work has been honored by STOP Hunger Now, L'Oreal Paris, South by Southwest, and the White House. She is a sophomore at American University's College of Arts and Sciences where she studies public health on the premed track with minors in power napping and caffeine studies.