’Tis the season for giving — embracing the true spirit of the holidays. These influencers, companies, and brands are making a positive impact on many people’s lives by using their star-power and brand savvy to help feed children right here on our soil while also creating jobs across the globe.
Chrissy Teigen | No Kid Hungry
All across America, families struggle with hunger, and children are among the hardest hit. That’s why No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by partnering with Williams-Sonoma to provide nutritious food to kids in need. They also teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.
Some of the top personalities in the country have designed limited-edition Williams-Sonoma spatulas to benefit No Kid Hungry. In addition, Williams-Sonoma will donate 30 percent of the retail price of each spatula purchased to No Kid Hungry, plus an additional $5,000 on behalf of the designer whose spatula sells out first.
Chrissy Teigen is among the personalities who dedicate their time and inspiration to this campaign. “My spatula design is symbolic [of] the most important meal of the day: Breakfast!” she explains. “Everybody deserves a bright start to their day so let’s support No Kid Hungry and work together to end childhood hunger in America.”
UBUNTU Made | UBUNTU Life
UBUNTU Made is a line of accessories handcrafted in Kenya that helps connect people all over the world. This past summer UBUNTU partnered with Zazzle to create customizable designs. Customers are able to design their own products by adding their initials, artwork, or even a photograph.
In addition to being beautiful, Ubuntu Made products support social impact programs in Kenya that create jobs, breathing vitality and vibrancy into the developing area. The products are made from locally sourced leather and materials and are crafted by local artisans who, because of their employment with Ubuntu, are able to enjoy a sustainable economy and invest further into the health and well-being of their community.
Michael Young and Jennifer Tuma-Young | The Domesticated Dad Angel Delivery Program
The Domesticated Dad Brown Bag Lunch Delivery Service was born on a whim one night in 2014 when Michael and Jennifer Young’s children were talking about school lunch. Their daughter said, “Nothing beats Daddy’s lunches!” When their son agreed, they decided to post on Facebook to gauge consumer interest in ordering lunches from them. Positive responses began to roll in, and their business was launched.
Since the beginning, The Domesticated Dad has implemented its Angel Delivery Program, a free service for families in need who live in New Jersey’s Ocean Township. For every 10 brown bag school lunches ordered, one free brown bag lunch is delivered to a family in their program.
Suzette Munson | Love 41
Like many Americans, Suzette Munson had heard of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed the lives of over one million men, women, and children in less than 90 days and displaced millions more from their homes almost overnight. Yet nothing could have prepared Munson for the absolute devastation she witnessed on her visit to Rwanda in the summer of 2010 with Africa New Life Ministries. The heart-wrenching stories she had heard seemed mild in comparison to meeting little boys who sniffed glue to dull hunger pains and women who were forced into prostitution so they could feed their children. Each harrowing encounter shed light on the reality of a people still suffering.
When Munson returned home five weeks later, she knew something had to be done, and she knew she had the ability to help. She decided to start an online retail business selling jewelry, handbags, and accessories in which 100 percent of profits support the work of Africa New Life Ministries.