April 25, 2017 Vancouver, Wash. —Aidan Ryan plans to study finance at the University of San Diego, making his efforts to raise funds for local food banks a kind of entry-level lesson in finance.
Over the last two years, the 17-year-old has managed Feeding Clark County, a campaign that collected $109,960 and 8,500 pounds of food split between the Clark County Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul in Vancouver, Wash. Trying to maximize impact rather than profit and soliciting donations in the right way were a couple of the lessons Aidan learned. He rallied his peers at Seton Catholic College Preparatory School, along with King’s Way Christian School. His sister, Erin Ryan, got her peers at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School involved, too.
“A food-and-funds drive of this size, especially a food-and-funds drive done by students, is just unheard of,” said Matt Edmonds, program manager at the Clark County …