About Feed the Heart Inc
Feed the Heart is a non-profit mobile restaurant serving healthy, mostly organic options for everyone. Instead of attaching a price to the menu items, Feed the Heart is entirely sustained by donations. Donations sponsor the meals allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy a nutritious meal, without paying. Feed the Heart is different from other food programs in that it is the goal of Feed the Heart to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy an authentic restaurant dining experience. Feed the Heart also focuses on creating opportunities to learn how to be self-sustaining while increasing opportunities for low income, homeless, and previously incarcerated individuals through the farming and chef-in-training program. Our meals are prepared by our well-trained and supervised cooks that have graduated through our programs who may have the opportunity to stay on with Feed the Heart as a Chef, if positions are available.
The Foundation Story
I Founded Feed the Heart Inc in loving memory of my brother, Jesse, who died at 24 years old. To explain why Feed the Heart is a nonprofit restaurant I will share one of my longest preserved memories of my early childhood and a bit about who Jesse was, and why I wish Feed the Heart could save all the Jesse’s of this world.
My brother, Jesse, our other brother, Eric, and I were chronically homeless as children and in and out of foster care until we were later adopted. We struggled with a lot of things, but hunger was one of the most urgent and painful. One of my longest preserved memories from childhood is my brother Jesse telling me, “I’m so hungry, sis”. That kind of hunger pain lingers in your mind forever keeping you in survival mode. Jesse lived his entire life in a state of permanent survival mode.
Jesse was the kind of person to always have a good joke and a helping hand for anyone in need. He truly had a kind heart and was as loyal a person as they come if he cared about you. He would never tolerate anyone hurting a woman or a child and he could never stand for a bully. He loved football, the color green, classical rock, he rapped and made music, and had dreams and goals. Jesse still had so much left to do in this world, so much untapped potential and life to live. He had a family he was starting and his first child on the way.
I feel like if there was a program like Feed the Heart to step in and give my brother something positive to grasp onto then he would still be here today. I pray that Feed the Heart saves someone else’s ‘Jesse’.
You can learn more about Feed the Heart Inc and our programs on our website www.feedthehearthawaii.org.
About Feed the Heart Inc
Feed the Heart is a non-profit mobile restaurant serving healthy, mostly organic options for everyone. Instead of attaching a price to the menu items, Feed the Heart is entirely sustained by donations. Donations…