FIRST THOUGHT: Waste Not, Want Not
Reminisce back to…yesterday. What did you eat? Maybe it was an apple or ramen or five Little Debbie Zebra Cakes. If you assume I’m going to ask you to calorie count or make better meal choices, you’re wrong, lady! No judgment or food shaming here! Instead, I want you to think about what you tossed after noshing on your food of choice. They say as much as 40 percent of Americans’ food is wasted, and I believe it. From sandwich crust to expired yogurt, we’re all guilty of chucking plenty in the bin. Today, buy and dish out only what you’ll eat. Your conscience—and your wallet—will rest a little easier.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: Double
We’ve all heard the classic parental chiding that there are hungry kids somewhere, so finish your dang green beans! Plenty of kiddos go hungry in all corners of the globe, making your 4 p.m. hangry episode a little less important. Research shows there’s a significant benefit to kids when they’re offered a meal at school. In fact, student attendance doubles and their performance improves when school-age children are provided a meal. And for many, a school lunch is the only food they’ll put in their tummies all day.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of Feed
Today’s Woman to Watch, Lauren Bush Lauren, traveled the world speaking on behalf of the UN's World Food Programme, an experience that made her an eyewitness to the issues of hunger and poverty so many people face every day. That was 14 years ago and since then, she has made feeding the hungry her unequivocal mission. Lauren launched her amazing organization, Feed, as a way to fulfill that mission and beyond. Having provided more than 100 million meals to the hungry, it’s fair to say Lauren’s vision to feed the world has come to fruition.
Feed sells beautifully crafted products made under fair-labor conditions, often using environmentally friendly textiles. Specializing in handbags and accessories, Feed doesn’t sacrifice design for social awareness. Totes emblazoned with phrases like “Cultivate Kindness” and “Help Feed the Children of the World” feature natural canvas and 100 percent cotton. I’m particularly a fan of the “Woman on a Mission” tote bag.
Aside from offering artisan-crafted and fashionable hand bags, totes, clutches, diaper bags and accessories, the really cool thing about Feed products is that they literally help feed the world. Each item is stamped with a number that signifies how many meals or micronutrient packets will be provided to hungry people with the funds from that purchase. By planning with partners, executing food delivery with aid workers and sourcing from local farms, Feed follows through on its commitment to combat hunger.
And through Lauren’s Feed Foundation, even more can be done. The nonprofit tackles the hunger issue in a number of ways, including its Feed Supper, dinner parties hosted by supporters to encourage attendees to also get involved with Feed. To host a Feed Supper, all you have to do is simply create a fundraising page with the goal of how many meals you want to raise donations for, then invite friends and family members over for a lovely supper meal, and welcome guests—and donations—with open arms. And best yet, 100 percent of the funds you raise from your Feed Supper will provide meals to hungry people right here in America!
QUITE THE QUOTE
Thinking of Lauren Bush Lauren’s important work with Feed in the U.S. and the world over, let’s end today’s story with a quote from actor and activist Jeff Bridges:
“One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.