Lauren Bush Lauren
- Location: New York, New York, United States
- Organization: FEED
Lauren Bush is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, a charitable company with the mission of creating good products that help feed the world. Each FEED bag sold provides hungry children with school meals through the United Nations World Food Program. Lauren has been an Honorary Spokesperson for the WFP for the past four years, and helped launch their Universities Fighting Hunger initiative, which educates and engages university age students in the fight against world hunger. Over the past four years Lauren has traveled to Guatemala, Cambodia, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, Chad, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Honduras with the WFP to see the realities of poverty and hunger, and the WFP's food aid distributions. She came back from these trips inspired to help in the fight against hunger.
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She conceptualized and designed the initial FEED 1 bag in 2005, as a measurable way to raise money for the WFP's School Feeding Program. In 2007, she started FEED Projects LLC with her business partner, Ellen Gustafson, by producing an eco-friendly tote that helps raise money for Food for Education programs around the world. In 2008, FEED Projects donated over $4.5 million dollars to the UN World Food Program's school feeding program, feeding nearly 250,000 children in school for a year.
Lauren is also the Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of the FEED Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization with the vision of a sustainable food system and a well-nourished world. Working together the FEED Foundation and FEED Projects, LLC have provided close to $6 million to UN World Food Program school-feeding operations since April 2007.
In 2008, Lauren launched a new fashion brand, Lauren Pierce. By sourcing fabric that is handmade by artisans around the world, as well as eco-friendly fabrics, this women's wear line lives up to high environmental and humanitarian standards. Each season Lauren Pierce contributes 10% of profits to a cause that affects women in the country from which it has sourced that season's artisanal materials.
Lauren was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Houston, Texas. As a model, Lauren has carved her own niche in the fashion world and was featured on the cover of various publications such as Vogue Australia, Glamour, Tatler, W, and Town and Country. Lauren graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology and certificate in Photography. She now resides in New York City, where she works on FEED and other socially conscious and eco-friendly projects.