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Doing Good by Fighting Hunger

Did you know that the United Nations has listed Hunger as their second global goal to solve by 2030? "After decades of steady decline, the number of people who suffer from hunger – as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment – began to slowly increase again in 2015. Current estimates show that nearly 690 million people are hungry, or 8.9 percent of the world population – up by 10 million people in one year and by nearly 60 million in five years" (United Nations).

The pandemic has taken its toll and the goal to have zero hunger is off track. On a personal level, I don't think anyone can disagree with wanting to end hunger. But hunger is a complicated issue - not only is there food scarcity, food apartheid, but there are also secondary impacts such as improving agricultural outputs for small farmers. This is just the tip of the iceberg. You can learn more about Goal 2: Zero Hunger using the image above.

I was inspired by this goal and took this to heart myself. Now, for every box sold via Read It & Eat (the $50 tier), $5.00 is donated to fight hunger in partnership with a non-profit. For every Blind Date with a Book Sold (the $25 tier) I allocate $3.00 for donations per order. 

Below is a snapshot of all the partners I've worked with since launching in May 2020!

Look at all the good we've done together!

Who We've Worked With

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For each October box sold, we donated a Bread-in-a-Box kit to I Grow Chicago. The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill-building, and opportunity.

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The Non-Profit You're Supporting: Love Fridge Chicago

The Love Fridge is a Chicago-based initiative created to nourish our communities through mutual aid by offering solutions to food scarcity and food waste. Powered by kindness, generosity, and most importantly, love, we firmly believe that feeding oneself is not a privilege, but a right.

In my vlog (Click to the right) you can watch my journey to donate 70+ organic lemons all over Chicago!

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🍨The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports FEED MORE WNY🍨

 

The Food Bank and Meals on Wheels are now FeedMore WNY.
They've come together to go further than plates and pantries. To put food on more tables. To provide companionship to more homebound neighbors. To inspire brighter futures for those who wish to provide for themselves.

This summer I was able to donate 50 jars of peanut butter to their Spread the Love peanut butter drive with the Ice Cream Box!

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🍁The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports FEED🍁

FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.

With Feed, each Maple Box included the FEED 5 Bracelet.

 

"Available in an array of cheery hues, the FEED 5 Bracelet makes it easy to look good, while doing good. Although these bracelets are the perfect gift, we won’t tell if you end up keeping them all for yourself!"

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🍸 The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports Friends of the Night People🍸
 

Friends of the Night People have served the people of Buffalo for over fifty years. Our mission is to provide food and necessities to address the effects and impact of poverty.

In October I was able to donate the first wave of canned goods to their new food pantry! I was able to donate 196 cans of beans so far and there's still plenty of time to make more donations!

You can read more about this in my blog post.

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Did you know that the #2 Goal of the United Nations is Zero Hunger. To do so, the UN outlined multiple key targets under that goal and one focused entirely on food and seed diversity:

"2.5 By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed."

This is why I was SO inspired to create this fruit & seeds box and work with the African Heritage Food Co-Op. We can all do our part and plant some seeds this spring also learn how to harvest them ourselves and preserve this seeds!"

🌱 The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports African Heritage Food Co-Op 🌱

Our vision is to create a world where inner city “neighborhoods” can become Communities. Where NO ONE goes without HEALTHY AFFORDABLE food options. Most importantly a world in which we can create Ownership and employment opportunities IN and FOR the COMMUNITY.

 

Mission Pillars: Nourishment / Ownership / and Investing In "US"

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