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.


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.


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.


  • 1.89 M for the end of poverty

  • 25 active chapters

  • 249,151 volunteer hours

  • 224,562 changemaking conversations


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 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 Treasurer and later Vice President. After graduating with an economics degree, he traveled Central Asia 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 FeelGood alumni for playing the role of a dependable, responsive, supportive, and strategic cheerleader to all FeelGood chapters.

Becca Young
Boston University ’16
Beth Sheridan
Duquesne Unviersity ’16
Bri Haneman
Duquesne Unviersity ’16
Chelsea Babey
University of Pittsburgh ’16
Chloé Kund
Bryn Athyn College ’14
Christine Nolan
University of Vermont ‘17
Dani Hoey
University of Vermont ’11
Eric Fitzpatrick
Stevens Institute of Technology ’15
Jason Walter
University of Texas at Austin ’07
Jennifer Maradiaga
University of California, Riverside ’16
Kylie Castle
University of California, Santa Barbara ’17
Lauren Van Sicklin
Delaware Valley University ’12
Phillip Morin
University of Vermont ’12
Rachelle Jacoby
University of California, Los Angeles ’12
Shahan Noorani
University of Illinois ’14
SaraJane Harrington
University of Vermont ’17

Top Row, Left to Right: Bri Haneman, Eric Fitzpatrick, Connor Spahn, Shahan Noorani, SJ Harrington, Phil Morin, Jenny Maradiaga
Middle Row, Left to Right: Kylie Castle, Christine Nolan, Rachelle Jacoby, Dani Hoey
Bottom Row, Left-to-Right: Beth Sheridan, Lauren Van Sicklin, Chloe Kund, Becca Young, Chelsea Babey

Board of Directors

FeelGood's Board of Directors is comprised entirely of students and alumni of the FeelGood movement. They are an integral part of inviting co-creation and collaboration with youth.

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Top Row, Left to Right: Lauren Van Sicklin, Justin Donahue, Prarthana Kotagiri, Lauren Taber, Sarah Ganassa, Aubrey Redd, Marissa Carranza
Bottom Row, Left to Right: Alyssa Yaw, Julia Correia, Katherine Howitt, Becky Bond, Kristin Walter