How Lauren Bush Lauren Believes We Can End World Hunger in Our Lifetime
Her socially conscious company, FEED, has already provided more than 90 million meals to people in need.
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There are plenty of things that come to mind in response to this question – health, happiness, equality, opportunity, love, time – but my gut reaction, and the reason I started FEED, is the most basic need of all: Food. What I wish were true for all families, everywhere, is that hunger and malnourishment would be far from reality.
One in nine people, or 795 million people worldwide, do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. Unfortunately, food insecurity is a problem thatdisproportionately affects the most vulnerable. Women and children are often hit the hardest by hunger. It breaks my heart to think about all the mamas who are struggling to provide the most basic necessities for their children.
Yet, there is hope. While hunger can feel like an overwhelming problem, it’s also a solvable one — one that, by coming together, we can solve in our lifetime.
Ensuring families and children have access to the most basic of human needs is why I started FEED 10 years ago. Since then, I’ve seen the transformational power of a meal and proper nutrition in a child’s life, time after time after time, whether I was traveling with organizations like UNICEF or volunteering at food banks here in the U.S.
The reason I chose hunger as my focus, both in founding FEED and in answering this question, is that it is so intrinsically linked to everything else. When you provide a family – especially children – with basic nourishment, they can learn, grow and thrive.
Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED, a social business whose mission is to “Create good products that help FEED the world.” After traveling around the world with the UN World Food Programme as a student, Lauren was inspired to create a consumer product that would engage people in the seemingly overwhelming fight to end world hunger. In 2007, FEED was founded with every product sold having a measurable donation attached to it. To date, the social business has been able to provide more than 90 million meals globally through the WFP and Feeding America. Lauren lives in NYC where she works on FEED and other socially conscious business ventures. She is also a Founding member of UNICEF Next Generation.
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