Third Sector Awards: Rising Star Award – Christina Adane, Bite Back 2030

This award honours the emerging new talents, people who have demonstrated exceptional skill and ambition and whose personal endeavours have begun to make their mark.

Rising Star Award – Christina Adane, Bite Back 2030

Who is she?

In 2019, aged just 15, Christina Adane helped launch Bite Back 2030, a youth-led movement for a fairer and healthier food system. In 2020 she took on the role of Youth Chair.

What has she achieved?

Adane has campaigned tirelessly for changes to the system that will mean all young people have the option of healthy, nutritious meals every day. She began the campaign to see free school meal support extended through lockdown, garnering 450,000 signatures. The petition gained national media attention, and prompted Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to put pressure on the government to change its approach.

Adane has become a recognised and influential voice in the highest levels of industry and government, speaking to global audiences through multiple channels. At the age of 16, she was named by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential women of 2020.

What else has she done?

Adane uses her poetry skills to reach new audiences and create compelling social content for peers. She is adept at hosting Instagram Lives with people of influence and power, and appeared in front of thousands at Wembley alongside Bite Back founder and champion Jamie Oliver. She also volunteers in a community kitchen in Lambeth, where she lives – an area of high deprivation.

Adane is committed to continuing her work with Bite Back 2030 and will act as Chair until 2022. She is currently fronting a long-term campaign to review the quality of all school food provision in the UK. She continues to act as a mentor to younger campaigners, and is booked to speak at a number of national and global events throughout this year.

What did the judges say?

“At such a young age, Christina has demonstrated maturity and selflessness beyond her years, and is clearly making her mark on not only the country, but the entire world.”

Highly commended

  • Mandy Mahil, Working Chance

Finalists

  • Tom Baker, Save the Children
  • Rebecca Birks, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Kitty O'Shea, Marie Curie
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