Jade Beall and Alok Appadurai in Tucson, Arizona founded Fed by Threads with the simple idea to make clothes for their dance studio. It quickly escalated into a social entrepreneurship project where they now feed thousands of Americans and influence social change through their clothing line.
When they began, Alok and Jade decided to make a community shirt for their dance studio in downtown Tucson. At the same time they learned some disturbing statistics about the problem of hunger in America and how many of our neighbors are suffering daily from this issue. Providing food is a great way to donate, but food banks still need resources to cover the cost of labor, warehouses, and trucks to move the food. So they decided to give back through their new company. Each time they sell a shirt, the Fed By Threads donates $1 to their local food bank, covering the cost of 4 meals, and $1 to Feeding America, covering the cost for 8 emergency meals, totaling 12 meals for one item sold.
Fed by Threads also uses only U.S. manufacturing, labor, sustainable fabrics, soy ink and biodegradable/compostable packaging. From the threads of the shirt, to the final hand-printed product by locals in town, they are conscious of their community and environment. The mission of Fed by Threads is to inspire change and offer alternatives to the conventional shopping experience.
Support a company that started from humble beginnings and builds a product through American manufacturing and local sourcing. Buy some Fed by Threads clothing today and feed hungry neighbors while you are at it!