It feels like change is in the air. The air is cooling and suddenly, in the blink of an eye, it’s the start of October. As I walk my kiddos to school, I can feel the city coming back to life a little, adapting, evolving, and in many ways, growing stronger. I feel more compelled than ever to contribute, to help my city and my neighborhood heal and I know I’m not alone in that feeling.
As we approach the next few months and the years to come, there’s a lot of healing to be done, change to be made and challenges to face. As a result of the pandemic, we will be facing one of the worst hunger crises we’ve seen in recent years. According to our partners at the UN World Food Programme, the number of individuals facing life-threatening levels of food insecurity is expected to double this year to nearly 265 million people. Here at home, Census data reported that nearly 20% of Americans with kids are struggling to afford enough food for their children. At FEED, we’re more dedicated than ever to making a difference and raising awareness. If you aren’t sure of where to start, we’ve shared some resources on the blog and lists of hunger-fighting organizations that need our support.
In so many ways, we’re called to be activists right now. And the beauty is there are so many ways to do so. Whether you are showing up in person to protest or march, volunteering at your local soup kitchen, signing up to be a poll worker, or raising awareness using your platforms, it all counts. It all makes a difference. Whatever you choose, the most important action you can take right now is coincidentally the easiest – make sure you are registered to vote. After you’ve done that (it takes all of 3 minutes of your time), call your friends, your aunt, your grandmother, your neighbor and make sure they do the same. Yes, change is in the air, but there’s so much more to come.
Here are a few of the things I’ve been loving and living in this past month:
Available to preorder, just for you guys, introducing the RBG Tote. As a pioneer for change and a firm believer in the power of kindness, we wanted to make something to honor her. Let’s make her proud.
Over the summer, we launched a limited-edition Relief Bandana Collection, to help fight the increase in hunger in five key cities in the U.S. I’ve been wearing mine nonstop as a mask and as an accessory – and getting tons of compliments.
Shopping locally is more important than ever. Now that my family and I are back in NYC, I have been very happy to support local restaurants (and take a break from cooking) and some local boutiques. Support your local businesses and make a conscious effort to support BIPOC and female-owned businesses.
Reading & watching
I am reading Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo, and cannot put it down. It tells the story of various Black women from the UK, their loves, their losses, and their lives. My husband and I also just finished binge watching The Last Dance, a docu-series on Netflix about Michael Jordan and the Bulls winning team from the 90’s. Even if you are not a full-on sports fan, you will enjoy this series!
One of my all-time favorite FEED bags was restocked in the last few months and I’ve been carrying it everywhere. The Leather FEED 1 is chic, without feeling overly dressy, and truly fits everything.
Happenings at FEED BK
We’ve reopened the FEED Shop & Cafe! We’re serving up hot coffee, pastries, and shopping that does good Wed – Sun. And every Friday, we’re giving away free coffee to a special, deserving group of people (stay tuned on Instagram and Facebook to participate).
When starting a social enterprise, what are the three most important things?
1) Determine what business you’re in and what makes your product or service better than the rest? 2) what social cause close to your heart are you going to be addressing and how are you going to be helping and 3) TEAM – finding like-minded, smart, hard-working people to take the journey with you is everything!