While searching for a social enterprise to learn from this morning, I came across FEED and was instantly inspired. FEED started simply when model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s School Feeding Program only six years ago. I say only six years ago because since then FEED has grown into a true hunger and nutrition awareness force.
The initial idea was to create and sell products to help FEED the world. Each FEED bag, t-shirt, and bear has a built in donation, with a stencilled number signifying the product’s donation impact. To date, over 580,000 bags have been sold, providing nearly 68 million school meals for children and counting! Want to bump that number up by 1000 instantly?
In 2008 the FEED Foundation was founded by Ellen Gustafson and Lauren Bush to raise funds and support the UN World Food Programme’s School Feeding Program, while extending their reach to look into the global food system and focus on affecting agricultural, education and health change.
FEED Foundation Projects include:
- The Hungry in America Project: The multimedia campaign, which was launched in collaboration with a feature length documentary by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, called Hungry in America, raises awareness about hunger in America and its solutions, with the goal of empowering audiences to act on eradicating domestic hunger.
- FEED USA: Starting with improving school food and nutrition education, but expanding into funding teacher-led, school-based projects you can currently support student vegetable gardens and cooking in the classroom programs.
- 30 Project: A “think and do” tank for changing the food system, which is bringing together anti-hunger and anti-obesity organizations to collaborate on common challenges and work towards a healthier, more sustainable global food system. Support the 30 project!
It’s cheesy, but FEED is a true inspiration, it reminds be of Jack and the Beanstalk, and how a small, modest seed can grow into something gigantic and awesome. The coolest part is that FEED is continuing to grow and I’m excited to see and follow the progress of their latest endeavour, the 30 Project.
Thank you FEED for making our world wonderful!
LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: Have you planted a seed in soil and watched it grow? What was it?