Sarah Owen is dedicated to fighting homelessness and hunger in Southwest Florida in innovative ways. Last summer, she launched the beginning of a sustainable, customer choice-centered model for long-term hunger elimination. She's working to decrease the stigma attached with soup kitchens so more members of the community will accept the help they need. She has started backpack programs to feed more than 1,000 local school children who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends. So far, more than 20,000 citizens have received emergency food through a Mobile Food Pantry system she created to bring the food to the people instead of asking them to travel to a pantry. Throughout her effort, Owen has learned to disregard the naysayers and to keep persevering to not only help as many people as possible but to change the way people view the issue.