FEED IT Happy, not Hun­gry

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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!

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