Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Accessorize and do good...

This would have been a good post to do during the holidays, since we're all looking for good things to spend our money on.  But this this the kind of thing we should spend our money on year-round, so any time is a good time to write about this.

If you haven't yet, check out www.feedprojects.com.
FEED began in 2006, when model and activist Lauren Bush (yes, niece to George W.) designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) School Feeding program. As a WFP Honorary Student Spokesperson, Lauren visited countries around the world in Asia, Latin America, and Africa where WFP is operating and was inspired by the plight of the people she met on her travels. She took a special interest in WFP's School Feeding program, which feeds and educates hungry children. She first created the FEED 1 bag, a reversible burlap and organic cotton bag reminiscent of the bags of food distributed by WFP, to help raise funds and awareness around these school feeding operations. It was stamped with "FEED the children of the world" and the number ‘1’ to signify that each bag feeds one child in school for one year. And in 2007, FEED Projects LLC was founded by Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson to produce and sell these bags.

To date, FEED has been able to raise enough money through the sale of products to provide over 60 million school meals to children around the world through WFP. FEED has also partnered with the US Fund for UNICEF, raising much-needed funds for their Vitamin A and micronutrient supplements program and providing over 46,000 children with essential nutrients.

In addition to the company, FEED started a non-profit organization called the FEED Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.www.feedprojects.com

Here are some samples of the cute things they have available.  And each item tells you who/what the proceeds go to benefit.

Clockwise, from left to right: Clairins FEED 10 Kit, $40; FEED READ 3 bag, $35; FEED 5 Africa bag, $100; FEED NYC Hoodie for Sandy Relief, $40;  FEED Our Small World Bodysuit and Pants set, $25; FEED 3 Bear, $35.
When I spend my money on people, I like it to be on something they can/will use, and its even better when the proceeds go to help the needy, and not just improve stock prices.  I'm very blessed to have been born in the US of A, to a family that was able to provide for all my needs.  These items help remind us of our blessings and at the same time share some of our blessings with the rest of the world.

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