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Remember what mom used to say? “There are people starving in the world, so finish your dinner.”
TABLE FOR TWO has taken the exact opposite stance, something more like, “there are people starving in the world, so don’t eat so much!” In doing so, they hope to curb obesity and overconsumption while sharing our excess with people who would otherwise go hungry.
Of course, TABLE FOR TWO doesn’t literally mail your leftovers across the world. Instead, they take a proactive approach, negotiating with corporate cafeterias, university dining halls and restaurants to cut their internal cost for certain plates of food by 25 cents while keeping menu prices the same. The idea is, by the restaurant spending less money on your plate, it should enact some level of portion control with less emphasis on meat.
Meanwhile, that spare 25 cents is used well. 20 cents buys roughly one meal – feeding the hungry in sub-Saharan Africa. The remaining 5 cents goes to TABLE FOR TWO, so that they can sustain their operations and hopefully convince more food establishments to add these special plates to their menus.
It’s clever, right? Money saved. Calories reduced. Global awareness at a table level.
The organization has had notable success in Japan, generating over 10 million school meals to date. But while we know the model can work, their US spinoff is just getting up and running with a modest 26 corporations, universities and restaurants participating thus far. Funds donated today will help TABLE FOR TWO USA get their operations off the ground. And of course, if you are interested in adding a TABLE FOR TWO entree to your menu, you can contact them for more information.
New York, NY 10075
In our world of almost 7 billion, 1 billion suffer from hunger and malnutrition, while an equal number face obesity, diabetes, and other health issues related to “overnutrition.” TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) rights this imbalance by simultaneously addressing these two opposing problems with a simple meal. In effect, TFT seeks to transfer our excess calories to children in need.
Featured on http://philanthroper.com/ (11/21/2011)