Saint Louis University

ST. LOUIS – Third-year medical student Jeremy Goss has been chosen as one of the 20 finalists for Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change for his innovative idea of a mobile farmer’s market that would deliver fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods in St. Louis that don’t have access to healthy food.
Jeremy Goss (right) listens to his mentor Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman,
Ph.D.,chair and associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, at SLU's
community garden.  

“Our aim with this project is to improve the lives in St. Louis, for people who are suffering from malnutrition because they don't have access to fruits and vegetables,” said Goss. “Winning the Microsoft Challenge will give us an incredible platform to talk about the problem of food deserts as very few people know about it.”

Food deserts are areas with little or no access to grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable food. St. Louis has 15 such areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Last year, Goss participated in the three-day Clinton Global Initiative conference in St. Louis, received a $1,000 prize from YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition, and recently was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Winners of this challenge, a contest that asks people between ages 18-25 to submit an idea that addresses social issues in the community, will receive a trip to the Amazon, a $2,500 cash grant and some Microsoft products. 

To vote for Goss, click here.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease and heart/lung disease.