I included the FeedFive T-Shirt in my Little Locavore's List of Holiday Gifts for Foodies to Wear. Because it's Giving Tuesday, I wanted to tell you a little more about what you GIVE when you buy one of those shirts!
Recently I went to volunteer at Feedfive. Feedfive is a non-profit organization that gets people together monthly to cook a meal that will feed the less fortunate at the Ray of Hope community centre.
It started out as a group of friends getting together to help cook a meal, but they soon realized that pooling their own money to pay for ingredients wasn't sustainable, so they needed to come up with a product to help raise money.
They wanted to be transparent, so that the person buying the product would know exactly where their money was going, and after some brainstorming and calculations, they figured that the money from one t-shirt was enough to pay for five full meals! Hence the name: Feedfive.
This may seem unreal, but they actually do raise ALL the funds from selling only t-shirts and tank tops. Soon you'll also be able to buy hoodies and aprons as well!
Once they raise enough money to buy ingredients, they have to think about what they are going to buy, and it all comes down to these four things: what's on sale, what's affordable, what's popular, and what's doable. Things like pastas with salads are often on the menu.
Once they've costed everything out, and sourced all the ingredients, they need people to cook and serve it.
FeedFive relies entirely on volunteers to do all the cooking, washing up, and serving of the food. Since all the cooking takes place in the prep kitchen at the University of Waterloo, it was assumed that most of the volunteers would be students, but it turns out that the bulk of the volunteers come from people aged 35 to 60.
I was the youngest volunteer the night that I went to help cook, but everyone was friendly and I got to meet some really great people.
I was in charge of the béchamel sauce. This was the first time I've had to make sauce for 300!
Feedfive is always in need of more volunteers, thats where you can help, if you're interested in cooking a meal, serving a meal, and being part of a good cause, than check out their website for details and how to sign up. Or just buy one of their cool t-shirt, it literally does feed five!
This is me with FeedFive founder Danny Aguizi and his mom who came from Egypt to volunteer!