Today is my first day back in the office after a full month of travel, with team FEED and with my family, to some new places around the world. If you follow me or FEED on Instagram, you know that in June team FEED and I embarked on a long journey from our NYC headquarters to Tete, Mozambique where we met some very special kids who are going to school to get a free school lunch. Our customers (you!) help provide these meals with each purchase.
From Mozambique, we flew to Madagascar joined by our awesome Clarins partner Christian Clarins-Courtin to see school feeding in another context and visit local farmers who produce some of the food WFP buys for its student beneficiaries. While I was there, I took a day to explore the country’s capital, the fast-past city of Antananarivo. The country blew me away with it’s natural beauty and beautiful people.
From Madagascar, I said farewell to Africa to spend some much needed time away with my little family of three. My heart almost exploded when I got to squeeze my baby boy James after two weeks of being apart from him. I took so many incredible memories back to New York with me from my travels last week, but my favorite of them all was the quiet morning James and I spent building his first sandcastle on the beach. Life doesn’t really get much better than that.
Before I jump back into the hustle of preparing to launch our fall collection (can’t wait for you to see it!), I thought you might like to see a few of my favorite moments from the past few weeks. I just wish I could have brought you all.
Some members of my team at the World Food Programme warehouse in Mozambique. It's so important to me that everyone at FEED sees the power of school meals firsthand.
We jumped right into school lunch prep in the community of Nhamazawa, within the Changara district of Tete, Mozambique. It was a powerful reminder of our mission to engage with the kids and be directly involved in the school lunch process.
Taking in the beauty of Mozambique with its vibrant colors and bustling villages while testing out a new FEED bag.
A teammate snapped this photo and I love it. Seeing how a guaranteed and nutritious lunch helps kids focus in school was the motivation for designing the first FEED 1 Bag ten years ago.
A happy snap from a day of exploring with David and James. I carried this linen bag with me everywhere on our family vacation.
Pure bliss. When life gets stressful over the next few weeks and months, I'm going to go back to this place in my mind.