FEED 2 Bracelets Now Available At Forever 21 — Beading For Feeding
Many children all over the world are forced to go the entire day without consuming any food whatsoever, as impoverished schools fail to provide them with adequate meals. In other instances, lunchrooms are stocked with foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients, leading to spikes in pediatric and adolescent obesity, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, and other health challenges. By identifying the nutritional challenges facing children in different communities and raising the funds for the necessary resources to address these dietary problems, the FEED Foundation works to keep kids healthy, educated, and happy. Most recently, FEED enlisted a group of artisans in Guatemala to handcraft the glass- beaded, nylon-strung FEED 2 bracelets (pictured above) — which, as of today, are being sold exclusively at Forever 21 stores.
For each FEED 2 bracelet sold, the United Nations World Food Program will provide 2 school meals for children in a specific country. Proceeds from the sale of the red Feed 2 bracelet will benefit Swaziland, the country with the highest incidence of HIV and AIDS in the world. The yellow bracelet, meanwhile, will benefit children in Sri Lanka, a country that is still recovering from the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. The blue bracelet corresponds to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, which is currently undergoing its most challenging time in history after the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck on January 2010. For each silver bracelet sold, two school meals will be provided for kids in Pakistan who have been displaced and left hungry by the July 2010 floods. Lastly, the gold and black bracelets will benefit Honduras and Kenya, respectively.
With one simple purchase, then, you can literally put food in a needy child's stomach. Now that's some food for thought!