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(2023 - Spring/Summer Issue)


Mississauga entrepreneur and food enthusiast Seema Sanghavi decided that teaming up with some A-list chefs in a creative apron venture could help feed the hungry.

Enter Cooks Who Feed (CWF), a social enterprise she established in 2019. The catalyst behind this humanitarian project occurred on a visit to Delhi, India, when Sanghavi visited Work + Shelter, an NGO that provides paid training and fair, safe work to underprivileged women.

Sanghavi now works directly with this same organization along with other worldwide charity partners that help rescue unprepared non-perishable food excess from large corporations and institutions by redirecting these meals and produce to people in need—via food banks, shelters and school programs. The United Nations has reported that about a third of the food produced globally gets thrown out—enough to feed the entire world’s hungry four times over.

Chef Ambassador Aprons

“I never set out to create a company, I set out to create a movement that would empower foodies everywhere to fight hunger in the most socially responsible way possible,” says the goodwill ambassador about her combating world hunger initiative. Sanghavi draws valuable support from several prominent chefs—Art Smith (pictured right), Christine Cushing (pictured top right), Devan Rajkumar, Romain Avril (pictured above with Sanghavi), and Gaggan Anand, whose restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand, was repeatedly placed  on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Each chef has been tasked to create a bespoke apron design, with proceeds from apron sales going to the charity partners: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Second Harvest, and Zomato Feeding India, as well as operation and administration costs.  All chefs involved work on a pro-bono basis.

Female Owned and Ethically Produced

The ethically sourced, eco-friendly aprons are made from recycled, organic, and natural fabrics. Each apron sold provides 100 nutritious meals to those in need. The above listed food rescue charity partners distribute the CWF meals. To date, Cooks Who Feed has distributed over half a million free meals to those in need.

The Goal

Turn Cooks Who Feed into a kitchen textile brand for the conscious cook.

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To learn more about Cooks Who Feed, please visit CooksWhoFeed.com

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