From Paris and Milan to the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, model Lauren Bush graces the international fashion circuit. Away from the catwalks, however, it is Lauren's humanitarian commitment that is catching the eye.
The 22-year-old devotes much of her spare time to public service, including work on behalf of children's shelters, hospitals, women and animal rights. In 2004, WFP selected Lauren Bush, a Princeton University student, to serve as Honorary Spokesperson for its student campaign created to focus campus attention across the US on global hunger. Since her appointment, Lauren has helped put the global fight against hunger on the international agenda by making high-profile visits to WFP operations in drought-ravaged areas of Guatemala (April 2004) , Cambodia , refugee camps in Chad (2005), Sri Lanka in the wake of the 2005 tsunami disaster and Central America in 2007.
"For the past three years that I have been an honorary spokesperson for WFP, I have had the opportunity to travel around the world and learn about WFP’s amazing operations feeding millions of hungry people. One of the things that has touched me most during my travels is WFP's school-Feeding programme," said Lauren.
In 2007, Lauren's field visits to WFP school feeding projects provided the inspiration for FEED -- a joint project with WFP designed to raise money for hungry children by selling two specially designed fashion items: a shoulder bag, based WFP's food bags, and a t-shirt. Thanks to Lauren's efforts, both the bag and the shirt can be ordered on Amazon.com, with the proceeds from each sale helping to fund meals for school kids in the developing world. The total US$59.95 cost of a FEED bag, designed for work, school, gym, beach or shopping, includes a US$34 donation to WFP -- enough to feed a single child in school for one year. Likewise, when browsers spend US$34.95 on a FEED t-shirt, US$19 will go to WFP, helping to feed 100 children in school for one day."I hope that the sale of these items will raise awareness about child hunger and money to help WFP feed even more children around the world," says Lauren.
WFP's school feeding programme uses the incentive of free school meals to encourage poor families to send their children to class; in 2006, WFP provided school meals to 21.7 million children in 74 countries.
"School feeding is a great tool to encourage education and provide food aid to children born into extremely impoverished situations," says Lauren. "The kids in school being fed by WFP are empowered by their school meal to learn and better their lives! People don't see hunger in front of them so they are not directly affected. What I am doing is connecting young people to the issue."
To raise money for WFP's school feeding programme, Honorary Spokesperson Lauren Bush is promoting two specially designed fashion items on Amazon.com: a shoulder bag and a t-shirt. The total US$59.95 cost of a FEED bag, designed for work, school, gym, beach or shopping, includes a US$34 donation to WFP -- enough to feed a single child in school for one year.
Likewise, by purchasing a US$34.95 FEED t-shirt, you will be making a US$19 donation to WFP -- and feeding 100 children in school for one day. Place your order!