We’ve been talking a lot at the FEED HQ (and in posts like this one and this one) about what it looks like to Love More—to widen our circles of love beyond the people on our Valentines list. This conversation was so important to us that it sparked the theme of our February campaign, and inspired this limited edition tote (and button set). Given all that is going on in the world right now, we know we aren’t the only ones asking this question. We wanted to know how the strangers around us were putting more love into the world. So we asked. Every answer filled us with a little more hope and reinforced our hunch that what the world needs now, really, is love, sweet love.
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"I love the world by lending my voice to it. I contribute to Millennials Magazine and through my writing, I hope to reframe the way people look at my generation, bring truth to the marketplace…and make people laugh until they cry." -Kelli
"I am an Epidemiologist, researching the intersection of obesity and infectious disease. My primary contribution is to use the scientific process to deomonstrate how we can improve population health. This research hopefully informs interventions and policy geared to improving the lives of the population at large. However, I believe every act of love, big or small, hopefully breeds another. From opening up our homes, to sharing a cup of coffee with a friend who needs to vent, to helping out a colleague that could use our skills and expertise to accomplish a task more effectively and efficiently. It all counts." -Montina
"I put more love into the world by helping animals. I especially love turtles, which are endangered because of poaching. I am doing all I can to help these beautiful creatures.” -Laura
"I work with kids in marginalized communities, teaching them photography as a means to express themselves through @100cameras. For me, the best part about it is seeing the kids begin to see themselves differently--as beautiful leaders and change agents in their own communities.” -Sam
“Living in a densely populated city like New York, there is so much need in every neighborhood. The homeless are probably the first that come to mind, but there's also the less obvious—the person who isn't struggling for food or money but is struggling for a sense of community and connectedness. We're hardly an example, but Alison does an amazing job of befriending neighbors in our building beyond just hello. She gets to know them and actually invests time in their lives with coffee or dinner or just delivering some holiday cookies. That's pretty uncommon in this city.” - Alex
“It is important to us to raise our little girl in a diverse city like New York so she not only understands that the ‘needy’ can mean so many different things from the stories of refugees coming to our city from around the world, to the homeless person in our neighborhood, to the elderly man next door. We want her to know she has the power to help and love each of them in small and big ways, want to set that example for her.” -Alison
"I love the world by practicing gratitude. I really try to be intentional about saying ‘thank you’ to both strangers and people I’ve known a long time.” -Christine
"She’s one year old today, which is amazing. It’s gone by so quickly. I think, for us, putting more love into the world starts with her and setting a good example for her in how to live a healthy life—in every area of life." -Manish
"I've learned that love is a choice. It's making the decision to be intentional with my city and serve wherever there's a need. I leave for Quito, Ecuador next week where I plan to do just that.” -Maria