Food waste adds up. Whether we’re leaving our plates uncleaned, cooking too much or letting food expire on our watch, it can add up to quite a bit of waste.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 30 to 40% of America’s food supply is wasted while the World Health Organization estimates that more than 800 million people around the world do not have access to a sufficient supply of food.
Cooks Who Feed, an organization that sells fashionable aprons, has taken it upon themselves to be the middle man in the collection of surplus food and delivery to those who need it.
Seema Sanghavi, the founder of Cooks Who Feed, said something had to be done about food waste and world hunger.
“We help make it easier to get involved in helping to end world hunger,” Sanghavi said. “One of our aprons will top the list of many gift buyers this season.”
Cooks Who Feed teamed up with renowned chefs to design aprons that help spread food to parts of the world where it’s needed.
Working with charitable organizations that collect extra food available to donate, Cooks Who Feed is able to provide 100 meals to those in need for each apron purchased.
The company also looks to address the environmental impact of wasted food. Over a third of its profits go to partnered charities, like Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Second Harvest and Zamato Feeding India. The aprons are also environmentally friendly, made with natural and recycled fabrics, combining sustainable with fashionable in the kitchen.
On top of providing meals and environmental help, they also support underprivileged women in India. All aprons are made in a fair-trade facility, which provides the women with jobs to earn a living and feed their families.
They’ve also partnered with celebrity chefs that make the perfect gift for fans and loved ones.
The first chef they partnered with is Art Smith, an award-winning chef and co-owner of restaurants like Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Art and Soul and Southern Art and Bourbon Bar. He was Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef for ten years and is known for his fried chicken.
Christine Cushing is also a decorated chef and a judge on Food Network’s Wall of Chefs. She won the 2020 Taste Award for “Best Chef” in a television series for her food and travel documentary titled “Confucius Was a Foodie.”
Romain Avril was a judge on Top Chef Canada All-Stars and has worked at a one and two Michelin star restaurant. He has worked at restaurants like Colborne Lane, Origin North Bar and La Société Bistro.
Devan Rajkumar is an executive chef at Luxe Appliance Studio after several years with the Food Dudes, a high-end catering service.
Gaggan Anand is known for his progressive Indian cuisine and has placed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. He earned two Michelin stars in 2018 and opened a restaurant in Bangkok in 2019. He was also profiled on Netflix’s Chef’s Table.
Art Smith said we learn our greatest lesson from our family: share our food.
“By being a part of this great program I’m living that lesson, because every apron purchase shares food with the world. It’s a great feeling to be a part of doing that,” Smith said.
The aprons start at $55 and ship for free in the United States.
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