Beverly Hills, CA | 18
2013 Award Recipient
Jordan Elist spent several summers volunteering at his local food bank. One day when food was running low, the organization was forced to give families a less than full order of groceries. This was a transformative moment for Jordan and inspired the creation of Save a Bottle, Save a Life. The nonprofit provides canned food donations to local food banks, paying for these donations 5 to 10 cents at a time through the collection and recycling of bottles and cans. Jordan has engaged his whole community in this effort, collecting recyclables from house to house. Save a Bottle, Save a Life has raised $22,500 with seven teens now collecting recyclables from 180 homes each week. Jordan has transformed countless bags of cans and bottles into nearly 30,000 pounds of canned goods distributed to 400 clients of partner food banks. He regularly advocates on behalf of those experiencing food scarcity and presents at schools to encourage teens to start similar programs, working to inspire more people in his community and abroad.
Save a Bottle, Save a Life: Collects recyclable cans and bottles across several communities, using the CRV proceeds to purchase food that supports and bolsters the work of area food pantries.