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.
OUR IMPACT SINCE 2005
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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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Boston University ’16
Duquesne Unviersity ’16
Duquesne Unviersity ’16
University of Pittsburgh ’16
Bryn Athyn College ’14
University of Vermont ‘17
University of Vermont ’11
Stevens Institute of Technology ’15
University of Texas at Austin ’07
University of California, Riverside ’16
University of California, Santa Barbara ’17
Delaware Valley University ’12
University of Vermont ’12
University of California, Los Angeles ’12
University of Illinois ’14
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.
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