Money Bags

One month ago, a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake hit our neighbors to the south in Haiti.  The devastation and loss are immeasurable.  But the world-wide support from governments, doctors and nurses, military personnel, non-profit organizations and the generosity of individuals have been truly remarkable.

One such organization is putting their money in bags for the Haitian people.  FEED Projects has created a special cotton tote for the survivors of the earthquake.  “For every FEED Haiti bag purchased, 50 school meals will be donated to the UN World Food Program‘s School Feeding initiative.”

The white cotton tote bag is sold exclusively online. The patriotic contrast between the white background and the red and blue type proudly reflect the Haitian national flag. The number “50” is stamped on the back, emphatically representing your donation.

With this tote proudly slung over your shoulder, you can feel good and look stylish at the same time.  The cost of the tote is $35—which, as far as reusable bags are concerned, is quite expensive.  Most reusable bags are free and definitely less than the cost of this one.

However, this is not just an ordinary tote.  It is a symbol of compassion and support.  It is a bag filled with not just your groceries, but 50 warm, nutritious meals for the children of Haiti.  It is a bag that will last for many years with a message that will be remembered for generations to come.

FEED Projects is a premier green organization with an acute focus on design. I haven’t seen any other reusable bags with the same aesthetic or altruistic purpose behind them: FEED bags raise money and awareness for WFP school-feeding operations.

In addition, all FEED products are made as eco-friendly as possible, produced with high-quality, 100% organic cotton and natural burlap. The organization states they “work with only audited and certified fair labor facilities.”

With their safari inspired, rugged-chic look, the bags are durable and comfortable over the shoulder.  My former room-mate and good friend from college bought two totes from Whole Foods and was very happy with her donation toward feeding the world’s underfed and malnourished children.  However, she told me once that while they are beautiful and serve a greater purpose, the model that she bought didn’t hold quite as many groceries as her other, less expensive bags do.

Ranging in price from $25 to a whopping $195, these bags are not exactly for the everyday shopper. With that being said, I feel they would make excellent corporate gifts or birthday presents and are certainly “investment” pieces: depending on your purchase, you could be feeding an undernourished child for one whole year! Think of all the groceries you will buy in a year and all the plastic bags you can avoid using when you take your FEED bag with you to your local supermarket.

1 Bag = 1 child fed in school for 1 year 1 Bag = 2 Children fed in school for one year 3 School Meals + 3 Books = 1 Bag

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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