Meet Lauren: philanthropist, designer, and humanitarian. She is the founder of FEED; all FEED products are made as eco-friendly and fairly as possible. The bags are produced with high-quality, 100% organic cotton and natural burlap. They work with only audited and certified fair labor facilities. It’s important to FEED to visit the places our products are made AND the places our donations are going.
The goal of FEED Projects is to market and sell as many FEED bags as possible and to FEED and educate the world’s 400 million hungry children.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I was inspired to start FEED as a way to give back to the UN World Food Program and support their school feeding program. It started with a very simple idea- to create a sell a reusable shopping bag that would FEED 1 child in school for one year. So the consumer knows what the tangible impact is of every bag they buy.
What was your proudest moment?
There has been so many milestones and proud moments! One of the proudest moments happened a few years back when we partnered with Whole Foods Market to sell the FEED 100 bag nationwide in all their stores. Through this partnership we were able to raise enough money to give all the school children of Rwanda lunch meals for a year! It was extremely satisfying on two levels- to see a great product being sold in a great store, and then to have such a huge charitable impact through the sales of the bags!
What was the most exciting aspect of starting your own business?
For me, the most exciting moment is seeing someone carrying the FEED bag down the street. It really never gets old! To see your idea come to fruition and being used by people is amazing!
Where is the most interesting place your business has ever taken you?
My business has taken me to places like Honduras and Uganda, but also to factories in China and Kenya. There really are a broad spectrum of places that are important to visit for what I do, so it keeps things interesting.
What is the best lesson you could give a young woman who wants to start her own business?
The best advice I can give to someone looking to start their own business, is to follow your instinct and love what you do- the rest will fall into place.
“Creating good products to help FEED the world”