Chef Claus Meyer co-founder the renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma and New York City outpost Agern says he is "always looking for ways to use food to change the world around him.” With his new project in the Brownsville community of Brooklyn, Meyer and Lucas Denton is creating a culinary school and restaurant to serve this low-income community, investigating how to apply the principles of the Nordic Kitchen manifesto to help educate and introduce children to more adventurous foods and techniques.
Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Each product helps give children in the poorest countries around the world free, nutritious school lunches, helping to break the cycles of poverty they are born into and empowering them to change their own lives. Lauren has built a movement connecting her customers to the cause, one bag at a time. In 2014, Lauren launched FEED Supper to further engage customers beyond their purchases. From September 16th to October 16th, World Food Day, anyone can host a Supper and invite guests to donate meals. This year, donations raised through FEED Supper will help children in Latin America, South Asia, West Africa and the US.
Join Eater Editor-in-Chief Amanda Kludt for a conversation with Claus Meyer, Lauren Bush Lauren and Lucas Denton, Executive Director of Meyer's Melting Pot Foundation, to hear more about their respective missions to fight poverty through food.
ABOUT CLAUS MEYER:
Meyer is a world-renowned restaurateur and culinary entrepreneur. He is the mind behind the New Nordic Cuisine Movement and the co-founder of noma, rated the world’s best restaurant four times on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. He has hosted several Danish and international TV cooking shows and written numerous cookbooks. Meyer co-owns several restaurants, including Studio in Copenhagen, which received a Michelin star just four months after opening, as well as several bakeries, delis, a catering business, an orchard, a vinegar factory, a coffee roastery as well as a cooking school for kids and adults.
Believing in food as a driver for social change, Meyer established the Melting Pot Foundation in 2010. The organization runs a cooking school project in Danish prisons, motivating incarcerated people to live a life without crime. In 2013, Melting Pot established a cooking school in La Paz, Bolivia, providing culinary education to impoverished Bolivians, also serving as a gourmet restaurant, Gustu, voted 17th best in Latin America on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
This summer, Melting Pot will initiate a social project in Brownsville, East New York, establishing a culinary school, cafeteria, bakery and community center, serving the local community and with the goal of engaging at-risk youth.
Meyer is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen as well as an adjunct professor at the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Copenhagen Business School. In 2015 he was appointed “Social Impact Fellow” at the Hass School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Claus Meyer has recently relocated to New York City with the purpose of establishing a food hall and restaurant rooted in the New Nordic Cooking philosophy to be located at Grand Central Terminal opening this spring.
ABOUT LAUREN BUSH LAUREN:
On her travels around the world as a World Food Programme (WFP) Honorary Spokesperson, Lauren Bush Lauren witnessed the effects of hunger firsthand. In places like Cambodia, Chad and Guatemala, she saw a program making a dent in child malnutrition: school meals. When a child is given a free, nutritious school lunch, it can break the cycle of poverty she or he was born into and empower her to change her own life.
Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of FEED's products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. Nine years later, we’ve built a movement connecting our customers to the cause, one bag at a time.
FEED is a social business, which means there is an enduring principle at the heart of what we do: people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. As such, all of our products are produced under fair-labor conditions. We are also committed to using environmentally friendly materials, including organic cotton and burlap, whenever possible.
We are also proud to work with artisans for a growing number of collections. We work with established cooperatives in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya and Peru to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations. Through the sale of our artisan-made products, we provide meals in the countries where they were produced, closing the loop on our investment in these communities.
For the third year in a row, FEED is extending a month-long invitation to participate in FEED Supper, starting September 16th and culminating on October 16th, World Food Day. FEED Supper is moment to come together around the dinner table to "truly share a meal," and raise meals for children in need. Anyone can host a Supper. This year, our goal is to raise 2 million meals for children and families in need. Supper hosts can choose to earmark donations to regions surrounding Mexico, India, Ghana or the U.S while incorporating inspiration from those regions into gatherings for good via our country-themed digital toolkits.