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Nutrition bars that feed the world

I am so uplifted and inspired by Two Degrees, a company that gives a nutrition pack to a hungry child for every bar sold. It’s the Tom’s Shoes model of business, is such a wonderful concept, and it makes so much sense! Tell me if you have a hungry kid and you’re walking down the grocery store aisle — would you choose a bar that will feed your child and a child in Africa who is REALLY hungry – or another brand? Right? I am really hoping this model takes off and more companies realize they will get more business and be able to help the world’s hungry by making humanitarian aid a part of their core.

I also love Two Degrees because they are putting the messages and images in our face, reminding us about the dire need that exists in other parts of the world for necessities like food, clean water, and vaccinations. Buying bars like theirs are one way to help, but their message also got me to go online and make a donation to organizations (Unicef, IRC) that will hopefully provide for even more than one child — something I had been meaning to do for far too long.

I am reading a book right now that I highly recommend called Beyond Wealth by Alexander Green. It covers a wide range of topics, each inspiring in its own way, and all helping inspire you to live a richer, fuller life — and not in the financial sense. Here’s an excerpt from the chapter entitled The Life You Can Save:

“Philosopher Peter Singer has a question for you.

As you are walking to work, you pass a small pond and see a toddler splashing along the shoreline. As you get closer, you notice that the child isn’t playing. She is struggling frantically to keep from drowning. There are no other adults around. Would you jump in to save her, even if it meant you’d have to change your clothes and be late for work?

‘Of course,’ you reply. ‘The life of a child is far more important than arriving at work on time.’

But let’s say you were wearing a pair of expensive shoes. Would you still jump in to save her, even if it meant ruining your shoes?

‘What kind of a question is that, you ask. “Who wouldn’t sacrifice a pair of expensive shoes to save the life of a child?’

Hang on to that sense of outrage for a minute. You’re going to need it.

According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), every year 9.7 million children under five die easily preventable deaths. That’s over 1,100 every hour of every day.

Some of these children die because they don’t have enough to eat, others from easily treatable conditions like malaria, measles, or diarrhea. This is not only an immense tragedy, but a moral stain on a world as rich as ours…”

He goes on to say:

“If you feel impelled to give generously, I salute you. At the very least, you probably felt a bit of outrage at the idea that you wouldn’t sacrifice a pair of expensive shoes to save someone’s life.

Here’s an opportunity: www.theirc.org

Or go to Whole Foods or twodegreesfood.com and buy some of these bars. (They look pretty scrumptious too.)

Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011 in Food & Drink, Kids