Lauren Bush Lauren: Chief FEEDer and Co-Founder of FEED
GODIVA was proud to honor Lauren Bush Lauren, Chief FEEDer and Co-Founder of FEED as the Inaugural Lady GODIVA Honoree of the Lady GODIVA Program. Through FEED, Lauren and her team have provided over 60 million school meals to children living in 62 countries around the world in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school feeding program. Lauren embodies the spirit of Lady Godiva with her commitment to charity and passionate leadership, and is an inspirational role model for women in communities around the world.
Lauren started her philanthropic work as an Honorary Spokesperson for the WFP in 2004 when she helped launch their Universities Fighting Hunger Initiative. Since then, Lauren has traveled to many countries with WFP and UNICEF including Guatemala, Cambodia, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, Chad, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Honduras to experience the realities of poverty firsthand.
In 2005, inspired by her travels, Lauren conceptualized and designed the initial FEED 1 bag, which feeds one child in school for one year through WFP, as a way for consumers to give back in a tangible and meaningful way.
In 2007, she started FEED Projects to "create good products that help feed the world" and in 2008, she co-founded the FEED Foundation to increase FEED's impact in the fight against hunger. Through the sale of eco-friendly and artisan-made products, FEED Projects and the FEED Foundation have donated over $6 million dollars to the WFP which equates to over 60 million meals provided to school children.
FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world and in the US through organizations such as UNICEF and DonorsChoose.org and forged successful relationships with companies such as Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Whole Foods, Gap, Amazon, HSN, Bergdorf Goodman, Links of London and Judith Leiber.
In 2008, Lauren was given the Marie Claire Prix De La Moda Humanitarian Award for her work with FEED Projects. In 2009, she was honored as a Fortune Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur, and in 2010 she was included on Inc.'s "30 Under 30" List and given the Accessory Council's Humanitarian Award.
Lauren was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Houston, Texas. As a model, Lauren has carved her own niche in the fashion world and was featured on the cover of various publications such as Vogue Australia, Glamour, W and Town & Country. Lauren graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology and certification in Photography. She now resides in New York City.
To learn more about FEED, please visit www.feedprojects.com