One of the causes that I have always been passionate about is combatting hunger amongst children. This year, one of my goals is to research and support organizations dedicated to providing meals to children and eradicating food insecurities. So I was thrilled the day I was thumbing through one of my old magazines and came across FEED, a company founded in 2007 with the simple idea of "creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way." FEED offers for sale beautiful handbags, accessories, and apparel, each of which has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. I was sold! I purchased my first product last week: a Black Gorilla Pouch ($38.00) which will provide 25 school meals. While browsing through the FEED website, I learned that there is a FEED store and cafe located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. So today, I took a little field trip to grab some coffee and check out the FEED products up close. I loved being able to see and touch the different products, and it also gave me the opportunity to purchase additional items...and I did! I grabbed the "Feed the Resistance" cookbook (provides 2 school meals), and the FEED Find: Rosebud Oud Shea Butter (provides 3 school meals). And as luck would have it, when I arrived home, the pouch I ordered had been delivered!
I am so excited to spread the word about FEED, and I definitely will continue to support its mission by purchasing additional products. If you care to join me, check out feedprojects.com. There are plenty of handbags, pouches, jewelry, accessories, and home items to choose from, each of which will provide school meals to children. If you happen to be in Brooklyn, head down to the FEED Shop & Cafe at 55 Water Street. Check out my pics below, and a message regarding FEED products as provided on its website. Shop for a cause!
"FEED is a social business, which means there is an enduring principle at the heart of what we do: people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. As such, all of our products are produced under fair-labor conditions. We are also committed to using environmentally friendly materials, including organic cotton and burlap, whenever possible. We are also proud to work with artisans for a growing number of collections. We work with established cooperatives in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, El Salvador, and Peru to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations. Through the sale of our artisan-made products, we provide meals in the countries where they were produced, closing the loop on our investment in these communities."