So if you’ve been following Le Foodie, you may have noticed that we’re big on helping charities.
Why is that?
Growing up, our families didn’t have much. Our parents were immigrants from Central America who risked everything for a better life, not only for themselves, but for their children as well.
Melissa and I are two of these children.
Some of our best memories involve big (and loud!) family gatherings, with of course, a lot of food.
But believe it or not, my knowledge of different cuisines didn’t start until college.
I came from a low-income family. So learning about different foods via dining out was rare.
However, the more I learned about different cultures and cuisine, the more obsessed I became with sampling new food and trying new recipes.
These experiences eventually fueled my passion for cooking and baking.
So what does this have to do with giving to charity?
When I first moved to Seattle, I went through a rough patch—as in borderline broke!
But what did I learn? How to stretch a dollar!
Thank God my parents taught me how to cook, because that saved me so much. I remember thinking, “well at least I get to cook more” because I literally could not afford to eat out.
But I still wanted to eat healthy, creative food, on a low income.
That later got me thinking. There are so many low-income families out there, and usually they stretch a dollar by eating what’s least expensive, even if it’s not the healthiest.
I know that’s what my parents did.
Thankfully, I never had to go hungry as a kid. However, some of the food we ate was not the healthiest. But it kept us fed, right?!
Back in middle school, I got the nickname “Maru,” short for Maruchan, because I was addicted to Maruchan cup noodles! Looking back, I wish my mom had never let me eat that stuff. I gained so much weight.
Later though, I started reading health magazines, learned a lot about nutrition, and changed my eating and exercise habits immensely.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, food is a big deal, and it brings people together.
There are some incredible food charities out there. They teach people how to cook, share knowledge about nutrition, meal planning, and how to improve grocery shopping habits.
From left to right: Tilth Farms, Tomonik from Maasai Development Project, Shop Smart Day: Solid Ground
As individuals, we may not have the money to help everyone. But helping just one person or supporting one cause may change the world for someone.
I enjoyed participating in Solid Ground’s “Shop Smart” event where people go on a grocery store scavenger hunt to learn about shopping for healthier food.
Tilth Alliance has an urban community garden where they grow food and teach others how to do the same.
Eat Well Exchange understands that nutrition is different across the world due to cultural differences. So they embrace those differences by working with local professionals and communities to improve the well-being of everyone.
Sharing culture and communing with others is a beautiful thing. If you can share yours with others through the love of food. Do it!
“…If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” Luke 3:11.
Even if they’re not poor, sharing your time and supping with someone can make a difference.
Through our love for food and fashion, we at Le Foodie decided that we would contribute to non-profits that promote healthy living and people with dreams.
So far, we’ve made an effort to raise funds for a struggling family in El Salvador and are currently raising funds for Tomonik of the Maasai Development Project. Tomonik wants to own a bakery someday.
Dining Out For Life
We encourage you to find ways to help others through the things you love.
Le Foodie donates 10% of its net proceeds to food related charities. If you would like to contribute, you can purchase your foodie merchandise at lefoodieco.com