FEED IT Happy, not Hungry
We chat with a runner-up in our Feed It Forward contest supporting grassroots food charities across the country. Kelly Weatherby is a cofounder of Two Hangry Chicks ( twohangrychicks.com), a nonprofit that works to spotlight and reduce hunger through meal-packaging events, school food curriculums, and mobile-meal deliveries.
What inspired Two Hangry Chicks (THC)?
When cofounder Daphne Boothe and I started working together in 2013, we were frightened by the number of food insecure citizens in America. [ Editorial note: In 2013 one in six people in THC’S home base of Pinellas County, Florida, was food insecure, according to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks.] We were not OK with those statistics, so we started Two Hangry Chicks. We want to feed people in need in our community, but we also want to encourage a culture of helping one’s neighbors, foster service as a family activity, and create a dialogue about how we can build a local support
system that allows everyone to live food secure. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours, Two Hangry Chicks has been involved in the preparation and distribution of more than 48,000 nonperishable meals and 4,000 pounds of food-pantry donations.
How has the Feed It Forward contest affected your work?
Participating in Feed It Forward gave us an opportunity to slow down for a hot minute and take a look at where we started, how far we’ve come, and where we want to go from here. It was an exercise we so enjoyed that we’ve made
commitments to ourselves to be more mindful about this hangry journey we are on!
How do you see THC growing in the future?
Our goals at the moment are to purchase and outfit a volunteer-run food truck to help serve our neighbors in need through mobile meals, delivery of fresh produce to food deserts, educational presentations, and more. A certified kitchen on wheels, this community food truck will give our team the ability to bring volunteers and support directly to the neighborhoods, families, and individuals who need it. After all, our ultimate goal is a community that is more happy, less hangry!