About FeelGood


We envision a world
that works for all life

Our mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030 through mobilizing the rising generation as global citizens and strategic changemakers.

THE MOVEMENT

FeelGood is a youth-led movement turning college into a time of effective global action. On campuses across the country, students run a successful social enterprise—a grilled cheese deli— to raise money and build public support for the end of extreme hunger and poverty. In the process students gain critical business, leadership and teamwork skills that serve them throughout their lives.
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THE FUND

Every dollar students raise is invested in the Commitment 2030 Fund: A select group of organizations working to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a global initiative to eliminate extreme hunger and poverty by achieving an economically prosperous, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable human presence on the planet by 2030.
INVEST

OUR IMPACT SINCE 2005

  • 1.82 M for the end of poverty

  • 25 active chapters

  • 220,151 volunteer hours

  • 210,647 changemaking conversations


OUR STORY

FeelGood was founded in 2005 by Kristin Walter and a group of 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 her friends 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 extreme poverty, 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.

Our Board of Directors

FeelGood's board of directors is made up by 12 students and alumni of the program. Over 30 students and alumni serve in the different board committees to create, hold and implement the vision for our movement.

  • Becky Bond

    Becky BondBoard Chair

    Becky joined FeelGood in 2011 when she founded and co-led the chapter at Chestnut Hill College. After graduating in 2012, Becky continued her work with FeelGood through a myriad of positions, including Big Cheese logistics intern, Hunger Summit committee co-chair, FeelGood4Life chair, communications committee member, and Changemaker Ignitor. She is currently living the lake life in northern New Jersey with her boyfriend and two cats, and works at an economic development organization.

  • Earl Pearson

    Earl PearsonVice Chair

    Earl serves as the Vice Chair of FeelGood's Board. He joined FeelGood's University of Pittsburgh chapter in 2013 and served as treasurer before coordinating Pitt's first-ever 24-Hour Deli event. Earl graduated in the fall of 2015 with a degree in Urban Studies. And let it be known it’s not just a rumor; Earl verifiably "has a building-crush on the Cathedral of Learning.”



  • Aisha White

    Aisha WhiteCommunications Chair

    Aisha joined FeelGood in 2014 as an Alumni Changemaker Ignitor and is now our Communications Chair. As a student Aisha was Marketing Chair and President at the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated with a Business Marketing Degree with a minor in Italian. What’s more, Aisha enjoys crafting Pinatas and holds a gold medal in contemporary miming.



  • Kristin Walter

    Kristin WalterCo-Founder & Development Chair

    Kristin co-founded FeelGood in 2005 as a college student at the University of Texas, Austin, where she received her BA in finance. As FeelGood’s executive director, Kristin has guided FeelGood from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.7 million for the end of extreme poverty and hunger.




  • Erin East

    Erin EastCommitment 2030 Fund Chair

    Erin joined FeelGood when she and some of her best pals founded the UVA chapter of FeelGood in the Spring of 2014. She spent three years as the chapter president and graduated with a B.A. in May of 2016, with a major in Foreign Affairs and a minor in South Asian Studies. She (excitedly) continues her role on the FeelGood Board as the Commitment 2030 Fund chair! When she's not working she enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, and reading.

  • Kate Mitchell

    Kate MitchellEducation Chair

    Kate is a rising senior at University of Vermont, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Psychology. FeelGood is one of the reasons she chose UVM, and Kate got involved in 2013 as soon as she landed on campus as a first year student. She’s currently the UVM FeelGood chapter’s Co-President. Fun fact: Kate has two national medals for synchronized skating!



  • Sarah Ganassa

    Sarah GanassaCommunity & Culture Chair

    Sarah’s passion for FeelGood sparked in 2012 and it has been true love ever since. Sarah is studying Human Services with a concentration in Special Education and Environmental Studies. She currently serves as president at Chestnut Hill. Fun Fact: Sarah was raised speaking American Sign Language. In addition to FeelGood, Sarah is also an active advocate for special needs individuals, environment/animal rights, and LGBTQ+ community and basic human rights. Stay Groovy!

  • Aubrey Redd

    Aubrey ReddProgram Development Chair

    Aubrey joined the FeelGood movement in 2015 as the founder and president of her chapter at West Chester University. She is a Nutrition and Dietetics major with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She hopes to one day use her passion and degree to combat hunger and malnutrition. When she isn't selling grilled cheese for FeelGood, Aubrey likes exploring new hiking trails and making music with her friends.


  • Taryn Novellino

    Taryn NovellinoFINANCE CHAIR

    Taryn joined FeelGood at UVM in 2005 and later became the President of the chapter her senior year. After graduating, she helped start FG4Life where she acted as co-chair. Currently Taryn lives in New York City and works as a Finance Manager for NBCUniversal. She is also is a big fan of the NY Mets!



  • Amanda Salguero

    Amanda SalgueroFeelGood4Life Chair

    Amanda graduated from the Columbia FeelGood chapter in 2015, where she was involved in various roles her entire undergraduate career, including President her senior year. Amanda is also a veteran to FG4L, serving as the Committee Vice-Chair last year. Currently living and working in San Francisco, she spends most of her free time playing music with local bands and eating late-night Thai food.

  • Prarthana Kotagiri

    Prarthana KotagiriBoard Secretary

    Prarthana joined FeelGood at the beginning of 2015 as a member of the UMich chapter. She is a junior currently pursuing a degree in business at the Ross School of Business. She also hopes to graduate with a minor in Economics. Prarthana spends her spare time working on her own startup venture, and her dream is to build and run a nonprofit orphanage in India.

  • Amanda Carr

    Amanda CarrRecruitment Chair

    Amanda Carr is a senior at UVM, majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. She has been in FeelGood since her first semester at UVM, and it has easily been one of her favorite activities while at college. Amanda also works at UVMMC, participates in lab research and loves to run, particularly while representing FeelGood in a sandwich suit. Strange fact: she sometimes goes places just to see dogs.

Our Staff

FeelGood staff members serve, equip and support hundreds of student leaders who in turn inspire and manage over a thousand volunteers across the country.

  • Rachel Hemmerstein

    Always has the best

    1-liner responses

    Rachel HemmersteinActing Executive Director

    Rachel joined FeelGood in 2011 as a Changemaker Ignitor and is now our Acting Executive Director. 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.

  • Connor Spahn

    Has an

    encyclopedic knowledge of roller coasters

    Connor SpahnProgram Director

    Connor joined FeelGood in 2013 as a Changemaker Ignitor and now serves as the Program Director. 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 his degree in Economics and Philosophy.

  • Nick Collins

    Had a poem published

    in fifth grade

    Nick CollinsOperations Director

    Nick joined FeelGood in 2015 and now serves as Operations Director. Nick first delved into operations management as the University of Pittsburgh chapter's Business Manager and later Vice President. After graduating with an economics degree, he traveled the world and eventually found his way back to FeelGood.

Changemaker Ignitors

The role of Changemaker Ignitor is crucial for nourishing and sustaining our movement. We're grateful to these 15 FeelGood alumni for playing the role of a dependable, responsive, supportive, and strategic cheerleader to all FeelGood chapters.

Alissa Breindel
University of California, Berkeley ’09
Ally Karnavas
University of Pittsburgh ’10
Becca Young
Boston University ’16
Becky Bond
Chestnut Hill College ’12
Benjy Schechner
Columbia University ‘15
Bri Haneman
Duquesne Unviersity ’16
Celeste Calderon
Skidmore College ’16
Chloé Kund
Bryn Athyn College ’14
Dani Hoey
University of Vermont ’11
Emma Simon
University of Vermont ’16
Jason Walter
University of Texas at Austin ’07
Katie Kerrigan
Duquesne University ’14
Lauren Van Sicklin
Delaware Valley University ’12
Tim Baccaro
Stevens Institute of Technology ’14
Iliana Mendoza
University of California, Riverside ’13

2016-2017 Changemaker Ignitors
Top Row, Left to Right: Benjy Schechner, Jason Walter, Connor Spahn, Tim Baccaro
Second-from-top Row, Left to Right: Lauren Van Sicklin, Becca Young, Becky Bond, Emma Simon, Katie Kerrigan, Jesse Perez
Third-from-top Row, Left to Right: Celeste Calderon, Alissa Breindel, Bri Haneman
Bottom Row, Left-to-Right: Bri Haneman, Chloé Kund, Iliana Mendoza, Ally Karnavas

Crew 2030 Team

The Crew 2030 grant is a fully funded program to share with other youth organizations tools and resources that leverage FeelGood’s 11 years of youth engagement experience. Through the grant, organizations receive access to an online community engagement platform, curriculum resources, and proven youth engagement methodologies. Learn more at www.crew2030.org.

  • Kristin Walter

    Casually

    wins marathons every time she runs one

    Kristin Walter

    Kristin co-founded FeelGood in 2005 as a college student at the University of Texas, Austin, where she received her BA in finance. As FeelGood’s executive director, Kristin has guided FeelGood from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.7 million for the end of extreme poverty and hunger.

  • Kern Beare

    Was in a band

    called The Punk Munks.

    Kern Beare

    Kern joined FeelGood in 2009 as Director of Education, with a focus on strategic communications and initiatives. Prior to joining FeelGood, Kern was vice president of communications for a high-tech corporation in Silicon Valley. He’s also a former Trustee of the Foundation for Global Community, a co-founder of the non-profit Global MindShift, and currently serves on the board of Volunteers in Asia.

  • Talis Apud Hendricks

    Hosted

    and produced a radio show when she was 10

    Talis Apud Hendricks

    Talis is FeelGood’s other co-founder, and is responsible for the organization’s technology initiatives. A veteran of numerous for-profit and nonprofit enterprises, Talis holds an MS in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin. An accomplished athlete, Talis qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • Huapeng Qi (Pong)

    ate a scorpion once

    didn't like it.

    Huapeng Qi (Pong)

    Pong is a FeelGood Berkeley Chapter Alumni. He grew up in Qingdao, China and came to California in 2006. In 2009, he went to UC Berkeley where he graduated in 2013 with degrees in computer science and applied math. Pong really likes to travel and has been to more than half of all the states in the US.

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