Next time you’re gathering the gang together for dinner or a weekend brunch, think about hosting a FEED Supper and contribute to the fight against hunger. Celebrating its tenth year, FEED, the mission-driven company co-founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, has already provided 100,287,174 meals and counting worldwide. The Supper program has just been expanded to run all year long and 100 percent of donations from these meals go to families in the U.S. through Feeding America. The non-profit works with more than 200 food bank affiliates and 60,000 food pantries across the country. “Through Feeding America, we’re able to reach the 42 million Americans who are food insecure and often don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” says Lauren.
Lauren and FEED will hold several Supper events this month. But the best thing about the Suppers program is that you can host one wherever and whenever you want. It’s super easy too. Just sign up on FEED’s website, and they’ll send you a toolkit, which includes placemats, name cards, and facts about hunger so you can inspire and inform your guests, and help you get on your way.
Here are three tips from Lauren for hosting a great event:
1. Be an advocate
“The best thing you can do to guarantee success is share your Supper page with your guests and make sure they know why you’re hosting one and, more importantly, how they can get involved. Supper is all about bringing people together, and by sharing your goal and allowing people to follow along, everyone becomes part of something bigger.”
2. Think outside the box
“Don’t be afraid to try a new recipe, experiment with a fun decor trend, or invite a new friend. I think part of the joy of Supper is playing hostess for the night in support of such a worthy cause.”
3. And, of course, have fun
“I love turning every occasion into an opportunity to give, and this year, I’m turning my Friendsgiving dinner party into a FEED Supper! It is all about friendship, connections, and generosity.”