Become a social entrepreneur for the end of hunger

Ending world hunger, one grilled cheese at a time.



It's a global movement.

Global Partners. Global Impact.

The UN, the World Bank, and other institutions and organizations across the planet now agree: ending extreme hunger and poverty is essential to our collective survival, and achievable by 2030. Never before has the world been so aligned, or this movement so empowered.

And thanks to our close partnership with two of the best international aid organizations on the planet—The Hunger Project (THP) and CHOICE Humanitarian (CHOICE)—FeelGood students never lose touch with their integral role in this powerful global network.

THP and CHOICE are FeelGood's two certified partner organizations, and the recipients of 100% of the money FeelGood students raise through their deli operations and other fundraising initiatives. Committed to an ethos of “partnership, not charity,” both organizations have a proven track record of sustainable hunger eradication, and are guided by four essential principles:

  • Mobilize grassroots leadership.
  • Effectively address the deeply entrenched social condition of gender inequality.
  • Forge partnerships with local government and organizations.
  • Embrace environmentally sustainable practices.

For more information on these four principles, download our whitepaper.

Love from our partners

"I've witnessed the power of the FeelGood program. It fosters the very knowledge and skills we need to meet today's complex global challenges, and to finally realize the dream of a world free of hunger and poverty."

DR. JAMES MAYFIELD. CO-FOUNDER, CHOICE HUMANITARIAN.

"I am continually impressed by the complete and thoughtful understanding FeelGood students have of the complex issue of chronic hunger. This type of critical thinking from students around the country, combined with the passion and ability to creatively mobilize much need resources, is one of many elements fueling my belief that the end of hunger is within reach."

MARY ELLEN MCNISH. PRESIDENT & CEO, THE HUNGER PROJECT.

A community of support.

When you step up, we step up with you.

If you’re ready to add your voice to this powerful movement and become a social entrepreneur for the end of hunger, the FeelGood community will be there every step of the way to help ensure your success. Individual and team-based coaching, rich online and offline educational resources and experiences, investment capital, as well as access to a growing global network of experts in international development, business development and leadership training, are all available to get your social enterprise for the end of hunger up, running and profitable.

Financial Support

Earn up to $300 of investment capital, a deli enterprise start-up kit (value $450), and two full scholarships for the 5-day Big Cheese Summer Institute in August 2014.

Training

Leadership training, conferences, webinars, international travel opportunities, on-demand consulting and support.

Tools

Marketing materials, operations and recruitment tools, online resources, curricular modules and training.

Community

Access to our global network of committed social entrepreneurs. Membership in our alumni organization (FeelGood4Life) after graduation.



How to APPLY
Join the movement to end world hunger in our lifetime!


Application Process

FeelGood accepts team applications on a rolling basis. Accepted teams enter the Launchpad phase, where they complete a series of initial steps to lay the foundation of a thriving FeelGood chapter on their college campus. During this time, teams earn valuable "Cheese Points" that translate into investment capital for their deli and chapter. The Cheese Points capital becomes available upon successful completion of the Launchpad.

Once the Launchpad milestones are successfully met , teams are recognized as official FeelGood chapters and are expected to send a minimum of two chapter leaders to the Big Cheese Summer Institute - FeelGood's annual 5-day intensive training. The next Big Cheese will be held August 6-10, 2014 in Allenspark, Colorado.*

STEP 1: Request an application using the form below. We will then send you a link to the online form.

STEP 2: Complete and submit the online application.

STEP 3: Within one week of receiving your application, you'll be contacted to set up an interview between FeelGood staff and at least three members of your founding team.

The interview will be conducted by phone, Skype or Google Hangout, and will take approximately 45 minutes. Given the considerable investment FeelGood makes in each individual chapter, the interview is considered an essential component of the selection process. It is crucial that at least three members of the leadership team be present.

STEP 4: Within one week of the interview, you will be notified of your team's acceptance status.

STEP 5: Admitted teams will immediately embark on the Launchpad, be oriented to their leadership responsibilities and be introduced to our myriad support mechanisms.

*Participating in the Big Cheese Summer Institute is contingent upon successful completion of the Launchpad. Cost is typically $300/person registration fee + travel. Upon acceptance to the program, your team is eligible for two full registration scholarships to help you meet the minimum attendance requirement. Cost of travel will still need to be covered; additional assistance is available. More teammates can attend at full cost.


Application Guidelines

BE FAMILIAR WITH OFFICIAL CHAPTER REQUIREMENTS. Before filling out the application, read the Official Chapter Requirements on our website.

APPLY AS A TEAM: A minimum of three confirmed leadership team members are required at time of application, and five leadership team members must be confirmed by date of application acceptance. No more than one leadership team member can be a senior, and all five leaders must be committed to being on campus the first full school year of operation.

FULFILL KEY TEAM POSITIONS: Your team must have at least five confirmed leaders at the time of your acceptance in order to fill these five essential roles: President, Deli Operations Manager, Treasurer, Education & Recruitment Chair, and Marketing and PR Chair. If your team is more than 5, we recommend two people share the role(s) of President and/or Deli Operations Manager. For more on the primary responsibilities for each position, click here.

Have questions or need assistance? Contact us any time at start@feelgood.org



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More about FeelGood
It all started with a profound mind-shift: that ending hunger is not about feeding “a billion hungry mouths,” but rather about “unleashing the talents and spirits of a billion human beings able to end their own hunger”.

Our Story

FeelGood was founded in 2005 by Kristin Walter and Talis Apud-Hendricks while they were students and cross country runners at the University of Texas at Austin. Inspired by the work of The Hunger Project and its philosophy that ending hunger is not about feeding “a billion hungry mouths,” but rather about “unleashing the talents and spirits of a billion human beings able to end their own hunger”—Kristin and Talis looked for a way to get involved and contribute.

Their idea: offer fellow students grilled cheese sandwiches in exchange for a donation, and invest the proceeds in organizations with a proven track record of sustainable, gender-based hunger-eradication. In less than 6 months, they raised $10,000. Not only that, they discovered that a grilled cheese sandwich had the power to start some amazing conversations about hunger, and how we can end it.

Today, we’re a national movement of social entrepreneurs for the end of hunger, with chapters across the country. Every year FeelGood students initiate thousands of conversations and raise tens of thousands of dollars, all for the most critical global issue of our time.

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Our Staff

Kristin Walter

Kristin Walter is our co-founder and Executive Director. She started FeelGood in 2004 while a finance major at the University of Texas at Austin, and it has been her full-time occupation since graduation in 2005. Under her leadership, FeelGood has grown from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.4 million for the end of hunger.

Talis Apud-Hendricks

Talis is FeelGood’s co-founder. She was already a veteran of numerous for-profit and non-profit enterprises when she joined forces with Kristin in 2005 to create FeelGood’s first business plan.. With an M.S. in Innovation from the Monterrey Tech, she has pioneered FG's online education & alternative currency platform. Before coming to FeelGood, Talis was a professional athlete, qualifying for the Mexican Olympic team in 2008.

Corin Blanchard

Corin joined FeelGood in 2009 and serves as FeelGood’s Program Director. Prior to FeelGood, Corin worked in colleges and universities for over a decade, most recently at the University of Vermont where she was the much-loved advisor of their FG chapter. In addition to holding a BA in English from Drake University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from UVM, Corin is a Certified Rolfer.

Kern Beare

Kern joined FeelGood in 2009 and is our Director of Communications and New Chapter Enrollment. Kern also supports FeelGood's fundraising efforts and education module design. Prior to joining FeelGood, Kern was vice president of communications for a high-tech corporation in Silicon Valley, a former Trustee of the Foundation for Global Community, and a co-founder of the non-profit, Global MindShift.

Sarah Walter

Sarah joined FeelGood in 2010 and serves as the Director of Alumni Giving. With over 10 years experience in the nonprofit sector, Sarah has worked on a range of issues from immigrant rights, equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention as well as professional development and education for nonprofit employees.. Sarah holds MSW from the University of Denver and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. Sarah is also the proud and loving mama to her son River.

Rachel Rubenstein

Rachel joined FeelGood in 2011 as a Changemaker Ignitor. In 2013 Rachel became FeelGood’s Chapter Development Team Lead, which provides consulting, outreach and support to all of our chapters. Rachel knows the FeelGood experience inside and out: She was the deli manager and president of the FeelGood chapter at the University of Vermont, where she graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Psychology and History.

Shelly Lurie

Shelly joined FeelGood in January 2013 as a Changemaker Ignitor and now holds the role of System and Operations Manager. Shelly is one of the founding members of the FeelGood UCSB chapter and served as President for two years. A recent graduate, Shelly earned a degree in Communications with a minor in Global Peace and Security.

Peggy Snider

Peggy joined FeelGood in 2013 as a Changemaker Ignitor. She began as a member at the University of Vermont chapter, where she graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Community Entrepreneurship. She has interned with FeelGood's Logistics team for the 2011 Big Cheese Summer Institute and in 2012 overseeing FeelGood’s social media strategy. Peggy served as Chair of the FeelGood4Life Steering Committee in 2012.

Connor Spahn

Connor joined FeelGood World in November 2013 as Changemaker Ignitor. First involved with the FeelGood chapter at Columbia University as treasurer, he has been actively involved as an alumni as a Big Cheese counselor and as co-chair of the 2013 Hunger Summit. Connor has a keen interest in working in international development and non-profit fundraising, and has his degree in Economics and Philosophy.

Our Board of Directors

Kristin Walter

FeelGood Co-Founder and FeelGood Board Chair.

Talis Apud-Hendricks

FeelGood Co-Founder and FeelGood Board Secretary.

Adrienne Frazier

Director of Financial Analysis & Risk Administration at Sierra Club. FeelGood Board Finance Chair.

Ted Tang Grubb

Director of Engineering at OpenTable. FeelGood Board Technology Chair.

Malcolm Walter

COO of Bentley Systems. FeelGood Board Fundraising Chair.

Xin Liu

Co-Founder of Enlight Foundation. FeelGood Board Member.

Diana Peterson

Board Member of CHOICE Humanitarian. FeelGood Board Member.

Becky Bond

FeelGood4Life Chair.

Hunger can be ended in our lifetime.