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Svante Myrick

Aug 22, 2018 | Stories of Change

Mayor of Ithaca, NY
When Svante Myrick was a boy, his family often didn’t have enough money to buy the food they needed. So at times, they had to rely on their neighborhood food pantry. With food in his stomach, Svante’s mom and teachers were able to fill his mind with life-changing ideas: About getting an education. About working hard. And about believing he could do almost anything. Apparently, it all sunk in. At just 24 years old, Svante Myrick became the youngest mayor in the history of Ithaca.

“They helped us in our darkest moments, when the food ran out,” says Svante.
“It was our saving grace.”