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The Health Benefits of Eating Gluten-Free

Gluten-free eating is on the rise with gluten-free options popping up everywhere from your grocery store to your favorite restaurants. But why are so many people doing it? In a nutshell: for their health.

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

What started out as a way of eating for those with Celiac disease—intolerance to the protein gluten leading to inflammation of the small intestine—has quickly grown into a way of eating that appeals to many because of how it makes them feel. According to information published in the Harvard Health Letter, an estimated 2 million Americans have celiac disease but only …

The Long Term Effects of Hunger

We all know what it feels like to be hungry. Anyone who has ever dashed out in the morning with no time for breakfast or forgotten their lunch at home knows how hard it can be to concentrate on their work.  Imagine if you had to go about your day feeling that way all the time and multiply that hunger by a hundred. How would it impact your ability to function and be productive?

For 842 million people worldwide—200 million of which are children—hunger is chronic and about much more than not having the time to eat or dealing with …

Cholesterol: Choose Your Snacks Wisely

Cholesterol: Choose Your Snacks Wisely

By Leslie Vandever

Everyone wants a snack once in a while. It’s simply a fact of life. Isn’t it great that America’s food industry so kindly provides such a humongous variety of snacks to choose from?

And they’re so good! You can get them salty or sweet (or both at the same time); spicy or savory or delicately flavored; crunchy or crumbly or soft; hot, cold, frozen or warm; large and small, bite-sized or by the handful.

Unfortunately, the majority of those scrumptious, tempting snacks aren’t very good for us. Along with a load of …

Solving The World’s Biggest Problems Using One-for-One

It’s clear that doing good in the world is also good for business. In fact, more and more consumers are demanding social responsibility from the businesses that they support.

2 Degrees Food, SoapBox Soaps, TOMS, Warby Parker, Thinx, Smile Squared and other Buy-One-Give-One companies are beginning a trend in business that can help solve some of the biggest problems in the world. Really.

Top Global Problems: According to Business Insider, the UN lists poverty, hunger and lack of clean drinking water as the biggest problems that the world faces. If we are able to help solve these problems by working as the liaison between the haves and …

Hiring Director of Operations & Supply Chain

COMPANY BACKGROUND

2 Degrees Food is the first Buy-One-Give-One food company. For every snack product we sell, we donate a meal to a hungry child through our nonprofit partners.  The Company’s strong, growing brand, high quality products, and delicious flavors generated national media recognition on the Today’s Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, GOOD Business, Inc., ABC News and Women’s Magazine among others.

The Company distributes its product in various channels: retail (retailers/distributors) direct, and in corporate offices, airlines, yoga studios, bookstores  and events around the country. 2 Degrees is rapidly gaining brand recognition in all channels, highlighted by its continued sales growth …

To Be Two or 2, That Was the Question!

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Over the past few months our team has been working to rethink the look and feel of the 2 Degrees brand. We’re excited to finally share our new logo, packaging and brand identity with you, our valued customer.

We’re realizing more and more that millennials are one of our biggest, most passionate and engaged demographics. These young adults recognize that the world is changing— that nothing is set in stone, and that many businesses are making huge leaps in innovation everyday. Generation Y and Z are looking at the world differently— as more fluid and moldable with the spark of …

Check out our recent visit to the San Francisco Food Bank!

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2 Degrees & Church World Service Partnership

I like snack bars.  But, who would have thought the snack bars I eat could be related to my passion for fighting hunger?  Working for CWS, where we believe strongly that no one ever go hungry, I am very excited about 2 Degrees and the promise it holds for hungry children.

In fact, I’ve spent the past few months filling colleagues and friends heads with stories about this rather incredible tasting line of snack bars. Gluten free, vegan and loaded with good nutrition, you can purchase and enjoy 2 Degrees bars knowing that every bar you eat means another meal …

How to Build a Movement

Here at 2 Degrees we often think about movements. We think about creating something much bigger than a snack bar company. We think about solving global problems. 

Snack companies generally don’t experience the type of growth that we’ve experienced over the last 3 years. If you ask folks in the food industry how long it took them to get into Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble College, Google, Twitter, AOL, HP, United Airlines, and many others, they’ll likely tell you how challenging it is.

While our products are healthy and tasty, that’s usually not the main reason why retailers and corporate …

2 Degrees Takes to the Skies!

As many of you already know, we just launched our bars on all domestic United Airlines flights! For $2.99 you can now purchase a 2-bar box which includes Apple Pecan and Cherry Almond– and also give 2 meals to children in need…all from the comfort of your seat in the sky!

Moreover, we started receiving emails, text messages and comments from friends, family and strangers like this one:

 Hey Lauren,

Great speaking with you a moment ago and definitely looking forward to reconnecting back in the Bay.

Quick story: I purchased 2 Degrees bars on my United flight over to

Hibiscus Ginger Chia Fresca Recipe

Hibiscus, Ginger Chia Fresca

~Chef Barr Hogen,  2 Degrees Food~

Also known as iskiate, this beverage is popular with runners and other athletes as it’s being touted as a Superfood for endurance.

For its relative size, chia is a great source of protein, fiber and ALA (alpha linolenic acid). Just 1 ounce has11 grams of fiber and 4 gram of protein. Chia is also mildly anti-inflammatory so combined with ginger; this drink is wonderful post work out.

It’s important to use warm water when mixing the seeds in as cold water will cause the chia to clump together. Chia is …

A Trip to Haiti: Our Impact on the Ground

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It’s difficult, if not impossible, to fully understand something without experiencing it firsthand. This is true in business, life and love. Last week, I had a humbling experience on a trip to Haiti that reminded me of the importance of experience.

Connecting the Dots
For the past 2 and a half years or so I have been working with my father, his partner Will, and a team of passionate social entrepreneurs for 2 Degrees Food. We are the first Buy-One-Give-One food company. This means that for every product we sell, we donate a meal to a hungry child through …

Facebook ‘Likes’ for Social Good

Social media enabled Justin Bieber — a pretty kid with a nice voice — to become an international star. Every day, it enables all kinds of people to make a name for themselves and gain attention. More than that, it enables brands to measure and activate the kind of marketing and advertising that resonates most effectively with their target audience.

Now, however, it has the potential to do something far greater: to help improve the lives of people all over the world.

If you’re at all into social media, you know the subtle feelings that these platforms can draw out …

Lauren Walters featured on the Today Show

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When Lauren Walters visited Rwanda at the age of 57 and saw the hunger there, he was inspired to do something to help. He has since joined up with the son of a friend, Will Hauser, 23, to start 2 Degrees, which donates a meal to a hungry child for every food bar they sell. TODAY’s Jane Pauley reports.

Original Link: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49837949#49837949

My summer Interning at 2 Degrees Food

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I had the honor of interning at 2 Degrees Food this past summer as a Marketing Intern. Like many college students, I began my internship search looking for a place that I would find interest in, would help me grow, and would be easily accessible. 2 Degrees offered these qualities, but it also offered something greater. What attracted me to this company the most was its mission. I quickly fell in love with the location and the product. But more importantly, I fell in love with the “One-For-One” model. Working for a company that is based on doing good and helping others, provide me with the …

Which 2 Degrees bar flavor is the BEST?

We get asked this question alllllll the time! The easy answer is: “Well, everyone has different taste preferences and it depends if you’re looking for more of a fruity, nutty or chocolatey taste”. The more difficult answer involves a brief analysis of each of our fantastic flavors. If you’re new to the 2 Degrees community and have yet to try a bar, this should help you pick out your first bar(s):

Chocolate Peanut: Also referred to by some as the “‘crazin’ raisin choco-peanut haven,” this fruit and nut bar warmly welcomes you with a strong peanut taste, gently accented by …

2 Degrees Gives Back for Back-to-School Season

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With the school year right around the corner, many American parents are gearing up for the semester with purchases of new clothes, school supplies, and lunchtime favorites. After having spent a summer in the sun, these children are prepared to return to school refreshed and ready to learn.

However, for the over 16 million US children who live in food-insecure homes, this part of the year often signifies the struggle to get basic supplies and full bellies. The effects of food insufficiency on childhood education can be devastating. Not only does hunger diminish mental focus and brain function, the …

Why One-For-One?

Why one-for-one? This question gets to the root of our raison d’être: At 2 Degrees Food, we believe that the concept and business model of “buy one, give one” can change the world.

In a time of social, economic and political battles (it’s election season, of course), questions of ethics– of individuals and nations– comes to the fore. How should we treat others–whether Americans, immigrants or foreigners? The question is easily answered when one considers family and friends, but becomes more complicated when one considers people from different backgrounds, cultures and belief systems. What do you do when you …

Meet the Interns!

We’re bar-heads (bär-heds):  a person who works so closely with snack bars that they neglect the real world…and sometimes, their interns)  How could we have been so silly– so forgetful!? Let’s meet the interns!

A month ago, we were lucky enough to have four incredible individuals join our team as summer interns. It’s been a busy month for all of us, and we admittedly forgot to formally introduce you to these incredible individuals.

Without further adieu, meet our Fabulous Summer 2012 Interns….


Name: Kevin Phu – Operations
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
What you’re working on now at 2 Degrees:  Some people …

2 Degrees adds a momentous new partner…

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We’ve got a extraordinary new partnership to announce! But first let’s take stock of what’s already in place…

The power of 2 Degrees Food comes from its network. At the ground floor we rely squarely on you, our supporters. Every time you purchase a 2 Degrees bar, you enable the donation of a meal to a hungry child. That’s no small feat: together we’ve donated hundreds of thousands of meals. That’s something to feel good about.

Another part of the 2 Degrees network is our fantastic staff, which has grown organically over the months of 2 Degrees’s operation. …

2 Degrees tackles hunger in America

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The fight against hunger sometimes encounters apathy from Americans who view it as a far away problem. Discussion of childhood hunger may conjure up images of dark-skinned children in African countries. But the truth is hunger is a global issue and affects developed and developing countries alike — even theUnited States. In 2010, for example, there were 48.8 million Americans living in food insecure households. In that same year, over 16 million children lived in food insecure houses. These are families — children — who don’t have access to consistent, nutritious meals. These are Americans whose potential and prosperity are …

Leonardo DaVinci does lattes at the Coffee Fest Chicago 2012

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TD Team at Coffee Fest 2012

The 2 Degrees Team was thrilled to be in attendance at the annual Coffee Fest Chicago this past week. This vibrant show is in its 65th iteration and is a fulcrum of sorts for the specialtycoffee industry. Attendees came from all corners of the US and manned 190 exhibition booths.

Highlights included the World Latte Art Championship Open. Check out the visual!

Human potential sure does manifest itself in many forms. Free form. Foamy form. Fantastic!

But that’s not the …

Baked Oatmeal with Chia and Dried Cherries

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We have another winner here from our chef, Barr Hogen. This is a great recipe featuring chia and dried cherries, both of which are in 2 Degrees bars. Learn more about Barr here!

Make this on a weekend and have a slice for breakfast all week long. This recipe (inspired by Nourished Kitchen) is easily doubled. Serves 6 for breakfast.

1/2 lb. rolled oats (steel cut works too)
2 Tbsp. buttermilk or yogurt
1/2 cup whole chia seeds (optional)
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste, or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
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Connection & Compassion

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2 Degrees is a story of partnership — of connection. The most important connection is between you and a child who is in need. The 2 Degrees bar acts as a bridge that empowers you to feed that child. That’s a powerful connection.

That’s not the only connection though. We deliver our meals around the world via our partnerships with the best non-profits that work on the ground in countries where hunger exists. These organizations — world-class outfits such as Partners in Health, Akshaya Patra, Valid Nutrition, IMA World Health and World Food Program USA — give …

newsletter: Big Things Happening at 2 Degrees!

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2 Degrees is now giving in South America.

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the World Food Program USA. Established in 1961, The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is the largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger world wide. Last year, WFP aimed to reach more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries with food assistance. 2 Degrees donations will be made through WFP to school lunch programs in Colombia and Myanmar. Learn more about WFP here.

You keep eating, we keep giving. A match made in heaven!

In May, we delivered 11,160 more meals to

Congratulations…together we just donated 11,160 more meals in Malawi!

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When you eat a 2 Degrees bar, you get more than a food bar. But let’s start with what’s in the package…quinoa, chia, millet, fruits and nuts. Lots of goodness. Vegan. Gluten-free. Never genetically modified. We think it’s a sensational snack. Your stomachs seem to agree.

What else do you get when you buy a 2 Degrees bar? The power to do good. You are empowered to make a critical impact on a child’s life. That impact is fundamental…food. For every bar you buy, a meal is given to a hungry child.

In May, we delivered 11,160 more …

Inspiring Change

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by Max Mershon, 2 Degrees Campus Director | University of Illinois

In my free time when I’m not doing school work or participating in extracurricular activities, I enjoy watching TEDTalks for fun and inspiration. For those of you who aren’t familiar with TED, it is a non-profit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TED.com hosts videos of some of the brightest minds and most inspirational thinkers speaking at various TED conferences around the world.

One of the top viewed TEDTalks is “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” by Simon Sinek, which relates to what 2 Degrees is trying to …

Intelligent Giving

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The one-for-one movement is changing the world we live in. Can’t you feel the trend picking up steam as more and more companies embrace giving? Have you heard of WeWood timepieces? For every 100% wood watch you buy, they plant a tree. Sport a natural look while supporting sustainable forestry. We think that’s pretty cool.

Giving is important. However, the way you give is also critical.

Giving is best done where there is true need. A one-for-one food company needs to donate meals in countries with substantial chronic hunger or malnutrition. That’s why we work in countries that suffer …

Celebrate Mothers Around the Globe!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We at 2 Degrees are celebrating the hard work that mothers do around the globe to care for their children. Indeed, everyone alive today has a mother to thank for being here.

All mothers want to see their children healthy and happy. Yet some mothers have inadequate resources to provide for their children. It is these mothers especially that we want to recognize on this holiday.

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to give a helping hand to a mother in need?

As the world’s first one for one food company …

IS GOOD • DOES GOOD

Ghandi had it right when he said, “the future depends on what we do in the present.” The world’s biggest problems can feel unsolvable and hopeless. What matters is that we tackle these difficult issues — today and everyday. Through unbreakable persistence we can — and will — shape a better future. This optimism is the guiding principle of 2 Degrees.

Let us pose a question. If we offered you a healthy snack of equal quality to the one you currently purchase — and this snack also fights childhood hunger — would you switch? We have found that the resounding …

Quick Guide to Eating Vegan Chocolate

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Chocolate comes from the pod of the cocoa tree. It’s a plant and entirely vegan. However, most chocolate you find in the grocery store isn’t pure cocoa…so it may or may not be vegan depending on the other ingredients.

Let’s dig a little deeper.

Milk chocolate will never be vegan for the obvious reason that milk is an animal product. However, chocolate products will often contain dairy and not be labeled as milk chocolate. Check the label for additives such as milk, milk solids or milk fat. If they are present, the product is not vegan.

Don’t be fooled by …

2 Degrees on the High Seas

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Ahoy! You’ve seen 2 Degrees bars in grocery stores, yoga shops, bike shops — even the Boston Opera House. But now they’ve gone marine and become a daily staple of the crew of the 200-year-old USS Niagara, a wooden-hulled brig that fought on Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Today, the Niagara is still seaworthy and ploughs the Great Lakes in search of adventure and discovery.

How did our one-for-one bars find their way to this antique vessel?

Peter Walters, our beloved Campus Program Director, is somewhat of a sea dog himself. A few years back, he sailed …

Go Bananas for Cherries: Fresh Cherry Recipe Roundup

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This is the BEST news you’ll hear all week. Delicious, sun-warmed cherries are coming into season in the next few weeks. Eat them sweet; eat them tart; eat them raw. You can’t do wrong with this red ambrosial delight.

Want to know some cherry recipes that will leave your family and friends slobbering for more? Take it away Barr Hogen, 2 Degrees Chef!

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‘Tis cherry season – hooray!  Most grocery store cherries are sweet bing cherries.  If you are lucky, you might find some Rainier cherries, yellow tinted with a bright, peachy red hue.

Now we know that …

A shining hope in Kibera…made possible by you.

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Kibera, a neighborhood in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, is the second largest slum in Africa. It’s a tough place to live: the majority of the 800,000 residents have no electricity or running water. Disease is rampant due to malnutrition and open sewage systems.

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2 Degrees founders Will and Lauren travelled to Kibera last year to understand the need firsthand. Will typically uses the word “sobering” when describing the emotional impact of his visit to Kibera.

“The need was everywhere, staring us in the face. It was daunting to see so much desperation, but also inspired …

You are our compass.

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Who gives direction to 2 Degrees? In a large sense, our team is guided and inspired by our mission to feed hungry children. Still, we can’t fulfill this mission without all of our supporters who buy bars and trigger meal donations. In this sense, you are our guiding compass.

Social media allows us to connect in meaningful ways with our supporters — and it’s a 2 way street. We strive to keep you in the loop on both the product and giving sides of our business with daily updates on several social media channels. What is often overlooked is the …

Effective Donation Matters

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Our commitment to deliver nutrient-rich meals to hungry children means we have to work with the best non-profits on the ground in regions affected by malnutrition. There is no substitute for the expertise that these organizations bring to the table. Not only do our partners maintain distribution networks to deliver meals, but they also produce the meals locally, stimulating the local economy.

Valid Nutrition has been with us from the beginning. They manufacture a variety of highly fortified nutritional foods for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. A malnourished child is in a delicate state and cannot eat just anything. …

Three tons of product in one day?!

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At our weekly team meeting this morning, our operations team gave a remarkable update. Today, 2 Degrees is shipping out 62,514 bars to distributors and retailers across the country. This is our largest shipment of product ever in a single day. That’s over three tons of 2 Degrees bars and over a quarter of all product sold last calendar year. In one day.We are filled with optimism. As a social enterprise, these huge orders not only speak to the quality of our product, but they also prove that our supporters care about fighting childhood hunger. At our launching last year, …

2 Degrees is on Pinterest!

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We’re proud to announce that 2 Degrees is now on Pinterest. We love this new image sharing platform…serious eye candy everywhere you look! From what we can tell, we are one of the first one-for-one companies go on Pinterest. So if you want the real graphic scoop on one-for-one and social enterprises, follow 2 Degrees Food!

So, what does a one-for-one food company share on Pinterest?

First off, we’re going to amass the most delicious images of our various ingredients. If you aren’t drooling by the time you’ve finished seeing these images, then check your pulse! Pecans, bananas, …

A “Buy = Give” lay of the land…

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2 Degrees Food is proud to be the first one-for-one food company. We also recognize that the one-for-one movement is gaining steam in several other key areas. At 2 Degrees Food, we sincerely believe in the potential of the one-for-one model to change the world for the better. The power of this innovative model is that consumers are not asked to cut checks, join philanthropic organizations or donate their time. All a one-for-one company asks is that the customer modify a simple purchase decision.

In the case of 2 Degrees bars, we believe that our customers want to make a …

And hold the gluten…

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Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is one of the most prevalent genetic conditions on earth. Symptoms vary and include high blood pressure, anemia and fatigue. One in 150 Americans suffer from celiac disease, making it a national health issue. This prevalence of gluten intolerance has bolstered a gluten-free movement in the food world. From pasta to pizza, gluten-free options abound.

At 2 Degrees, we receive a lot of positive feedback about our gluten-free commitment: all 2 Degrees bars are gluten-free (and vegan). The staple grains we use (quinoa, chia, millet) are all naturally gluten-free, while still providing essential …

Pellagra: an important lesson from Italy

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Until 1492, the agricultural societies of the Old and New World were separate. Average Europeans staple foods were wheat and minor cereals, while Native American staples were maize and potatoes.

Pre-Columbian Italy often experienced famine in poorer classes due to food scarcity. Even when there was food, the poor’s diet was often restricted. In fact, monophagy — eating only one kind of food — was commonplace. This single food of choice was one of several Old World cereals.

Still food shortages continued, as did the famines. That is, until Columbus discovered America. Why is this? Corn. Thanks to generations of …

Why is salt iodized?

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In order to survive as humans, we require certain inputs from our natural environment. Water and oxygen come to mind. Since we have no innate biological process by which to create these substances, we must rely on our environment to provide them.

Did you know that we have the same critical reliance on molybdenum? Or retinol? Or folate? It’s a biological truth.

These arcane substances, called micronutrients, are essential in the diet of a healthy human. However, the amount you need of these substances is exceedingly small. For example, the average human body contains .07 mg of molybdenum per kilogram. …

2 Degrees takes a bite of the big apple

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Half a year ago, 2 Degrees kicked off a partnership with Action Against Hunger — the biggest organization in the world dedicated solely to fighting hunger — as their guests a gala event in New York City. We were back in the city this week at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show on the West Side, once again on a gracious invitation from AAH. 2 Degrees made a real splash among the gourmet, New York crowd, as we shared our all-natural food bars and our hunger fighting mission. Representing the team was the incorrigible Jesse Moran, our director of sales.

Enjoy the pictures!…

Happy International Women’s Day!

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We’re happy to share that this year’s International Women’s Day places a global focus on nutrition with the theme “Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty”. At 2 Degrees, we focus our hunger alleviation efforts on young children and infants. There is no person more critical than the mother in ensuring the health and safety of her child, particularly in the child’s first months of life.

Mothers provide nutrition to their children, both during pregnancy and breast feeding. An undernourished mother cannot provide adequate nutrition to her child in the first 1000 days of that child’s life — a critical …

Fuel for the Future

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Automobile fuel efficiency is moving to center stage in the national transportation discussion. Potential solutions include solar power, electric plug-in, hydrogen fuel cells, gas-electric hybrids and a litany of other forward-thinking energy solutions. Some engineers even claim that cars will soon run on water.

Yet no one is proposing that we a build car that takes no fuel. That suggestion would, of course, be preposterous. How could we expect adequate vehicle performance without any fuel input? We can’t. It’s a simple equation balancing act: without input, you don’t get output.

This tenet also holds true on …

Blue State Coffee & 2 Degrees – a special partnership

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We sat down with Karen Buchas, the Director of Foodservice for Blue State Coffee, a longtime 2 Degrees supporter committed to philanthropy, sustainability and community involvement in their coffee business. Blue State donates 2% of its sales to local non-profit organizations voted on by their customers.

Here’s what Karen had to say.

“We’re really proud to offer 2 Degrees bars at all Blue State Coffee locations. In fact, they are the only bar we offer. At Blue State, we believe in supporting positive change in our communities, and that extends to the global community, which 2 Degrees is positively impacting …

BIG BIG NEWS

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We have truly exciting news to share with you today.

A little over a year ago, 2 Degrees was an idea, but a very ambitious one: to feed the 200 million hungry children in our world. Our founders believed the winning strategy wasn’t to cut checks, but instead to empower consumers to do good by means of a one-for-one model. So was born 2 Degrees, the world’s first one-for-one food company.

Today, we can report that the idea is not only working, it’s working very well. Don’t take our word for it; the sales figures from yesterday say it all. …

Facebook is on fire!

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Things are really heating up down at Facebook headquarters. You’ll remember last month that Facebook employees cleaned out an entire shipment of 2 Degrees bars in a single day. That trend has continued and the social media maestros aren’t losing their voracious appetite for our all-natural bars. In fact…it’s accelerating.

Instead of simply ordering more bars when they sell out, Facebook is now placing 2 orders at a time in anticipation of rapid sell out. As a direct result of their purchases, nearly 10,000 meals have been given to hungry children around the world. That is a remarkable contribution, and …

Sit down at Wesleyan with Alice Hadler

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Wesleyan associate dean Alice Hadler recently had a sit down with Ben Firn, a Wesleyan 2 Degrees campus director. Topics ranged from corporate social responsibility to the efficacy of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods. There’s a lot to learn in this interview. Enjoy!

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Ben: So I have heard from Matt Gregory, Director of Operations and Supply Chain at 2 Degrees, that you and your husband have been involved with public health programs for a while. Do you want to tell me a little about your background?

Alice: Well public health is really his thing; I am more on the education side. …

Airdrop!

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2 Degrees went to the major leagues recently at the Whole Foods in Napa, California. The gracious store manager at Whole Foods allowed us to drop a half pallet of 2 Degrees bars directly on the floor of the store. That’s 3240 bars on sale at $1.99 with prime visibility. Not only that, but the store also encouraged us to put up 2 2 Degrees displays. This is all in addition to our presence on the shelf. All in all, Whole Foods Napa is quite enthusiastic about our one-for-one mission, and the support they are showing 2 Degrees is remarkable.

We’ve …

It’s better than salmon for omega-3? It’s vegan?

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2 Degrees includes quinoa in our bars, because this heritage grain provides all essential amino acids, a nutritional profile predominantly reserved for meat products. These essential amino acids are extra important to include in your diet, since the body needs them to survive but is incapable of producing them.

Another essential nutrient the body is incapable of producing is omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for normal human metabolism.

Consumers are accustomed to hearing about the high omega-3 content of salmon and other fatty fish. However, these fish are not a sustainable source of omega-3. Indeed, salmon populations are at …

WON’T YOU BE OUR VALENTINE? Pleaaaase!!

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We’ve finally worked up the courage to ask: will you be our valentine? Pretty please? You’ve been so good to us. You’ve shared our one-for-one model and hunger-fighting mission with your friends. You’ve enjoyed Chocolate Peanut on the ski slopes, Apple Pecan in the office, Cherry Almond on the road and Chocolate Banana for a mid-afternoon snack.

All in all, you’ve triggered the donation of 308,070 meals to hungry children. Don’t play hard to get. We can tell you like us…won’t you please be our valentine?

And spread the love to others today too! Give your sweetheart a box of

DOUBLE DOG DARE – accept?

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Why do Americans say “double dog” dare? Where does this come from?

Surprisingly, random internet sources are unforthcoming with regards to this etymological enquiry. If you “double dare” someone, the heat is on. Yet, there’s something especially poignant about a “double DOG” dare. It’s hard to turn down without coming across as a chicken. Since this makes little to no sense, we’re going to make up our own definition for this particularly punchy dare.

We have a double dog dare for you, dear reader. Let’s start with the dare part, before getting into the “double dog”. (No this is not a yoga lesson.)

The …

Reality Check: Malnutrition in India is Devastating

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*our partner in India, Akshaya Patra, was recently featured on NPR – read more here

Headlines about India usually mention economic growth or technological prowess. Yes, the Indian economic super engine is impressive: GDP per capita has skyrocketed over the last decades (see graph).

However impressive the growth, it’s important to remember that not all Indians are riding this economic tidal wave. Case in point: In the first half of 2011, Maharashtra, the Indian state that contains Mumbai, recorded 18,486 deaths due to malnutrition in children aged 0-6. That’s 77 malnutrition-related child deaths a day. Still, dry statistics only get …

Do Good 2X – The Double Donation

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2 Degrees is pulling a new move next week. First, the backstory. As a one-for-one foodcompany, we give a meal to a hungry child for every bar that we sell. Last year this model triggered the donation of 250,000 meals to children in need. This success is proof that you are only 2 degrees away from feeding a hungry child.

So what’s the double donation? 2 Degrees has decided to donate several thousand of our nutrient-packed bars to Project Open Hand, a Bay Area non-profit that provides “meals with love” to people living with serious illnesses such as HIV/AIDS or breast …

Major Shock at Facebook

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When Facebook recently put 2 Degrees bars in the cafeteria at their Palo Alto headquarters, the unthinkable happened: they were taken off the shelves that very day.

We at 2 Degrees were left speechless. How did this happen?

Answer: the Facebook employees went bananas for our bars and cleaned out the entire inventory of 2 Degrees bars in a single day. Yes, Facebook employees snagged over 1600 bars in one day.

Hat’s off to all of our supporters at Facebook! Your hunger triggered the donation of over 1600 meals to hungry children in the developing world. A 2 Degrees bar …

Barr’s Secret Three Quinoa Pilaf

Here is a delicious recipe straight from the kitchen of Chef Barr Hogen from 2 Degrees Food. The principal ingredient is nutrient-packed quinoa, which is found in all 2 Degrees bars. Try this recipe yourself and let us know how it goes! We’d love to hear from you.

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With a protein content of 12-14%, (3.5 oz contains 14 grams of protein) quinoa makes a healthy choice for vegetarians and vegans alike and it’s naturally gluten-free. Add this great grain to pilafs for a nutty flavor. You can also add it to soups and salads. Not only does it look beautiful, it adds …

2 Degrees Food’s STATE OF THE UNION

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Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address last night to the world. But the President of the United States isn’t the only one administering a union. 2 Degrees facilitates a meaningful union of socially conscious consumers and hungry children in the developing world — a one-for-one union that has shown promising efficacy fighting childhood hunger in 2011. In fact, 2 Degrees gave away 250,000 meals in 2011.

We don’t want you to miss a beat: here is our 2011 Does Good report. Take a look under the hood of 2 Degrees and see the amazing accomplishments we’ve achieved together. …

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

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Today, January 24th, is national Peanut Butter Day! In the spirit of this momentous day, we’d like to give thanks to this fantastic food and our outstanding corporate partner, HP, which has triggered the donation of over 4000 meals to date, most of which have been peanut based.

Peanut butter is sticky magic. Found in more than 90% of American households, the nutrient-packed delight offers quality calories, rich in fiber, protein, unsaturated fat, folate, vitamin E, magnesium and resveratrol. (Yes, it does contain some saturated fat, but the devil is in the details. One serving of peanut butter not only …

Fancy Food Afterglow

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We are still basking in the afterglow of the Fancy Food Show in SF last week. 2 Degrees made a huge presence on the floor and attracted a lot of interest from all corners of the food world. Above all, people raved about the taste of our bars. There was a palpable buzz around the 2 Degrees brand. People recognized us from the San Francisco Chronicle story from a couple weeks back. It was also very cool to have brand recognition from people who had seen us in Whole Foods.

We were extra lucky to have our Sales Director, Jesse …

GMO’s and Australian Rabbits

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Humankind has a consistent penchant for producing unintended consequences when it comes to tinkering with the complex natural systems of our planet.

Rabbits in Australia are a prime example. Europeans introduced them down-under in 1788. The idea was to breed them as food animals.

Innocent enough? The intention, yes. The consequence, no.

The mild Australian winter and vast areas of cultivated lowland created ideal conditions for an intense rabbit population explosion. By the mid-19th century, the population of rabbits was so dense in Australia that over 2 million of these pests were killed annually, with no noticeable effect on population …

2 Degrees is proud to announce giving in India!

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India is one of the 21st century’s great economic success stories. Since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, the nation has catapulted itself into the globalized economy and is now ranked the ninth biggest economy by nominal GDP.

The recent history of India, however, is not entirely a success story. Though sophisticated enough to develop a nuclear and space program, India sadly has endemic childhood hunger and malnutrition among its 1.2 billion citizens.

How bad is the problem? Unfortunately, the most recent data from UNICEF paints a dour picture: one in three malnourished children on our planet is living in …

The 2010 Haiti Earthquake: 2 Years Later

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Today marks the anniversary of one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in recent history. In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just 25 kilometers from Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital and largest city. Anyone who reads the news will remember the searing images of widespread devastation. The global community reacted with an immediate outpouring of aid. Still, even 2 years later, the country has not recovered entirely from either the 2010 earthquake nor from the decades of corrupted rule and endemic malnutrition that have historically wracked the island nation.

2 Degrees and its customers are doing their part to support the …

Embrace your inner Inca! A QUINOA rundown…

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Quinoa traces its roots back thousands of years to the Inca people living near Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on earth. The Inca referred to this crop as chisaya mama or the “mother of all grains”, and the plant held a special place in Incan society. In fact, sowing the first seeds of the season was an honor exclusively reserved for the reigning Incan emperor.

So, why all the hullabaloo? Let’s look at the facts.

First, let it be known that Quinoa is not a grain, but rather a flowering herb closely related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. And, …

New year. Huge goal. Same mission.

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It’s 2012 and we all have much to celebrate. Last year, 2 Degrees was empowered by its socially-conscious consumers to donate over 200,000 meals to hungry children in the developing world. 200,000 bars = 200,000 meals. That’s no small feat. Thank you to everyone who made our shared dream of tackling world hunger a reality. What’s more, our impact was made possible through a globalized one-for-one business model. The world is changing, indeed.

Now as we look forward to 2012, we must redouble our efforts to make good on 2 Degrees’s mission to feed the 200 million hungry children in …

2 Degrees Celebrates the Holidays with our 200,000th Bar Sale

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Kai Paine: So you’ve just sold the 200,000th 2 Degrees bar. That’s really exciting. What was it like when you sold the first bar?

Will Hauser: That’s a great question. It was a big deal to sell the first bar. Of course the 200,000th is a big deal – but that first bar was a really big deal. There was an incredible amount o­f work that went into just getting this project to the point of launch.

KP: So getting from 0 to 1 is a much bigger step than 199,999 to 200,000?

WH: Yeah I think it is. …

2 Degrees, Relief International, and Whole Foods Team Up in Somalia

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From September 15th through October 15th, which was 2011 World Food Day, 2 Degrees worked in partnership with Relief International and Whole Foods Market to target donations to children suffering in the famine-struck regions of Somalia. We are thrilled to report that this month-long campaign generated the donation of over 2 tons of nutrition packs for malnourished children in the Galkayo region of Somalia.

Your support has allowed us to donate just under 22,000 medically-formulated 92-gram nutrition packs in the horn of Africa region.

That’s remarkable — and we thank you for it.

As you may know, widespread drought, political …

2 Degrees at the American Music Awards!

2 Degrees has a brand new giving partner: Action Against Hunger, the largest organization in the world committed entirely to the fight against global hunger.  We took our joint-mission, and our bars, to Los Angeles for the American Music Awards!  To help share the story, we brought a photograph to be signed by the musicians & actors we met. The photograph, now signed by our new celebrity supporters, will be auctioned off on Charity Buzz to support Action Against Hunger. Check out this photo reel of our time in LA!

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Video from Skoll Foundation’s “Innovators in Action”

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“Twenty million children a year are diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition,” says Lauren Walters, the founder of 2 Degrees Food, the first first food company specifically started to fight childhood hunger. For every all-natural, gluten-free 2 Degrees food bar purchased, the company donates one medically formulated nutrition pack to a child in need. Known as Ready-to-Use Food (RUF), these nutrition packs do not require water or hydration, and have been endorsed by the World …

Why I am Climbing

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Greetings all! My name is Jay Stephens and although my goal is to summit Mount Kilimanjaro this January, I am on a mission far bigger than standing on the top of a mountain. My mission is twofold: to raise awareness for the millions of children who are suffering from malnutrition around the world, and to deliver aid in the form of nutrition packs to as many of these children as I can. This is why I have created KILIMANJAYO: A Climb For Malnutrition. My goal is to share my passion about this issue with as many people as possible in …

2 Degrees Shines at the Millennium Campus Conference

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From September 16th to 18th, over 1,000 college students from across the country and
around the globe gathered together at Harvard University for the third Millennium
Campus Conference, a weekend-long event hosted by the Millennium Campus Network.
The aim of the conference was to get students involved with the United Nations
Millennium Development goals—those eight famous goals, ranging from ending extreme
poverty and hunger to achieving universal primary education to ensuring environmental
sustainability, that all 193 UN member states committed to in the year 2000 and aspire
to achieve by 2015. The conference brought together swarms of passionate students
and …

New Video: 2 Degrees Food: You’re closer than you think…

2 Degrees Food: You’re closer than you think…

The separation between you and a hungry child in the developing world may seem distant. But you are only 2 Degrees away.

Check out our new video, developed by Pat White and Alex Levin!…

Suburban Cyclists Show Support For 2 Degrees

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by Monica Landy, Campus Director

When I decided back in May that I wanted to continue my work as a 2 Degrees Campus Director over the summer in my hometown of Tenafly, New Jersey, I had no idea to what extent my work was going to be shaped by one particular group of athletes, or how much team spirit this group would show in rallying behind my cause.

The Tenafly Road Dawgz are a group of cyclists of all ages and all skill levels who gather together daily to practice the sport they love. What began as a group of …

Join the Movement: new video

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Check out our new video by Pat White!  And don’t forget, 2 Degrees Bars will be available in Whole Foods Nationwide August 2nd!

2 Degrees Makes a Splash at the Aspen Ideas Festival

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The Aspen Ideas Festival was a feast—both literally and figuratively. My father and I ate some of the most delicious foods I have ever encountered- “elk lollipops,” and smoked venison topped crackers amongst them- but perhaps more importantly, we met and conversed with some of the most interesting people I have ever met. Aspen has long been known as a hub for the wealthy, famous and well-connected, but the annual Ideas Festival went a step further and put all these brilliant, interesting people (and those that choose to pay a hefty entrance fee) in the same room. While many of …

Jay Stephens’ “A Day With 2 Degrees: Whole Foods Market “

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It’s shaping up to be a big summer for TwoDegrees- our bars are now available at all thirty-five Whole Foods locations throughout Northern California!  The new partnership has kept the 2 Degrees team busy as the excitement around the bars and our mission continues to grow both in Northern California and nationwide.  I had the pleasure of experiencing this growing excitement firsthand by visiting several of our 2 Degrees demonstrations in various Whole Foods Markets throughout the Bay Area.  Enter “A Day With 2 Degrees: Whole Foods Market.”

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After finishing some morning emails, fellow intern Austen Afridi …

Ben Firn, Wesleyan Campus Director

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At the end of a brutal Wednesday, crammed with a calculus exam, soccer practice, and over 50 pages of reading, I met up with fellow Wesleyan Campus Director, Chris Law, and headed over to my first SHFC meeting. SHFC, which stands for Shining Hope for Communities, is a student-run group devoted to raising money for a school and community health center located in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The slum is called Kibera, and it is one of the largest in Africa.

Equipped with a few sample bars, brochures, nutrition packs (RUTF) and a charming smile, I introduced 2 Degrees …

Joia Mukherjee – Part 3: 2 Degrees

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Of the 24,000 children that die every day from preventable diseases, 60 percent of those deaths are the result of malnutrition and could be avoided if children received the protein and nutrients necessary to help fight the diseases prevalent in the resource-poor countries where they live.

Among the most crucial tools used by Partners In Health to combat childhood malnutrition are ready-to-use foods, such as enriched peanut butter, that provide the essential nutrients needed to save a starving child’s life.

Getting these food packs into the hands of children who need them is the mission of 2 Degrees, a health …

Joia Mukherjee – Part 2: RUTF

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http://www.pih.org/blog/entry/fighting-childhood-hunger-one-bar-at-a-time/

Of the 24,000 children that die every day from preventable diseases, 60 percent of those deaths are the result of malnutrition and could be avoided if children received the protein and nutrients necessary to help fight the diseases prevalent in the resource-poor countries where they live.

Among the most crucial tools used by Partners In Health to combat childhood malnutrition are ready-to-use foods, such as enriched peanut butter, that provide the essential nutrients needed to save a starving child’s life.

Getting these food packs into the hands of children who need them is the mission of 2 Degrees, a health …

Joia Mukherjee – Part 1: Malnutrition

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http://www.pih.org/blog/entry/fighting-childhood-hunger-one-bar-at-a-time/

Of the 24,000 children that die every day from preventable diseases, 60 percent of those deaths are the result of malnutrition and could be avoided if children received the protein and nutrients necessary to help fight the diseases prevalent in the resource-poor countries where they live.

Among the most crucial tools used by Partners In Health to combat childhood malnutrition are ready-to-use foods, such as enriched peanut butter, that provide the essential nutrients needed to save a starving child’s life.

Getting these food packs into the hands of children who need them is the mission of 2 Degrees, a health …

Monica Landy – Yale University Campus Director

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2 Degrees Campus Director Monica Landy speaks about her work at Yale University.

2 Degrees Fundraiser in Support of Shining Hope

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Wesleyan Campus Director Ben Firn talks about his and 2 Degrees’ involvement with the Shining Hope fundraiser at Brew Bakers Cafe in Middletown, Connecticut.…

As a Mother – Dr. Karen Sadler

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A child is a child—it doesn’t much matter whether he has the broad dark face of Malawi, the thinner brown one of Ethiopia or fine, blond hair and blue eyes. The sound of children on a playground is the same throughout the world.

On this trip, I hugged a few kids, tickled a few bellies, bought a stick wrapped in plastic from one dressed in rags from the window of a car, even scared one and sent her scampering back to her mother. In the slums of Nairobi, children played in open sewage on narrow dirt paths and called out …

2 Degrees – Malnutrition in Malawi

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Check out this video to gain a better understanding of malnutrition and see the 2 Degrees Team in action in Malawi.…

The Importance of Community Healthcare Workers

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For thousands of years, issues of illness and health were managed within local communities by midwives, traditional medicine men and others trusted community members. With the advent of modern medicine, however, treatment and care gradually shifted from self-taught amateurs in the home to nurses and doctors in bustling hospitals. While this model is now the norm in the developed world, it can be problematic in the developing world, where there are often not enough doctors, nurses and facilities to meet the needs of local populations.

In the case of combating malnutrition, the old – and often ineffective – approach was …

2 Degrees and the Valid Nutrition factory in Malawi

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Our latest video from the Malawi trip covers our visit to the Valid Nutrition factory in Lilongwe. Check out the factory and meet some of Valid’s dedicated employees and how their operation benefits the local economy, as well as the children who benefit from RUTF.…

Kibera

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Our visit to the Kibera slum in Nairobi was one of the most moving experiences of our entire trip. Check out this album to see Kibera and the Shining Hope for Communities school and clinic. Shining Hope is an incredible organization dedicated to improving life for Kibera’s women and children.  (Photography: Leslie Tuttle)…

Ilana Nelson-Greenberg, Health Services Director of Shining Hope for Communities

Ilana Nelson-Greenberg at Shining Hope for Communities in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya

I have spent the last 9 months working with Shining Hope for Communities, (SHC), at a health clinic in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. I began soon after graduation from Brown University where I was a Development Studies major. I knew I wanted to spend this year abroad working with global health, and fortunately, my best friend from home attended Wesleyan with Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, (a former Kibera resident) the founders of SHC. Ken and Jess were a compelling duo, and, having studied the theory of development until it was oozing from my ears, I was excited …

The many faces of Nairobi, “Green City in the Sun”

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What do you picture when you think of Kenya?

Do you see lions napping in the setting sun? Giraffes galloping across vast plains? How about epic traffic jams and some of Africa’s largest slums?

Kibera slum (Photo: Leslie Tuttle)

Wipe away your preconceptions, because Nairobi is home to all of the above—and even that oversimplifies the reality of Kenya’s multifaceted capital city.

Photo by Robert Harding.

Founded in 1899 as a railroad depot on the line linking Mombasa and Kampala, Uganda, Nairobi quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa. Under British rule, it was a major center …

Malawi: A very brief introduction

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The Republic of Malawi (a.k.a. the Warm Heart of Africa) is a landlocked country in southeast Africa bordered by Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. With more than 15 million people living in an area slightly smaller than Pennsylvania, Malawi ranks as one of Africa’s most densely populated countries. It’s also one of the least developed: Around 80% of the population lives in rural areas, driving an agricultural economy.

2 more important statistics:
– Ratio of medical doctors to general population of Malawi = 1 doctor to 65,000 Malawians
– Number of nutrition packs 2 Degrees has donated so far to …

So What’s in This Paste, Anyway?

Will and Karen taste the Valid Nutrition RUTF in Africa.

Food isn’t just about energy. True, it ‘fuels’ us in that digestion releases the energy stored in food, but it also supplies and replenishes key ingredients for the thousands of biochemical reactions that make us work. We breakdown plant and animal proteins into amino acids and reform them into our enzymes, hormones and muscles. We use the vitamins stored in the fat we consume to, among other functions, promote the clotting of our blood so a minor cut doesn’t result in a fatal hemorrhage (Vitamin K), use the calcium we absorb to build stronger bones (Vitamin D), and to improve …

Gallery: Under 5 Clinic in Neno, Malawi

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Will and Lauren visited this clinic for children under 5 in Neno, Malawi, and met many mothers and children experiencing malnutrition and benefiting from the availability of Ready-to-Use Food nutrition packs.…

Gallery: Lauren and Will in Malawi

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A few fun pictures of our inspirational leaders.…

The Message from Malawi

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by Lauren Walters

2 things have become abundantly clear to me from our trip to Malawi: that we are all truly connected by 2 Degrees, both figuratively and literally, and that we will improve the lives of millions of children, one child at a time.

I was constantly reminded of the ways in which 2 Degrees Food is the connection between people in the US and Africa. For example, the similar work of the farmers who grow 2 Degrees’ ingredients in California and farmers who grow Valid Nutrition’s ingredients in Africa; supply chain contributors here and supply chain contributors in …

Food Insecurity

by Karen Sadler

Food insecurity isn’t just a developing world problem –it exists everywhere. It is, loosely defined, behavior driven by the fear that there will not be enough. In the US, it is a mother with little money, diluting her baby’s formula with extra water to make it last longer. It is the elderly man, living alone on a fixed income, cutting the mold from his expired cheese, and hoping the center is still edible.

In other parts of the world, food insecurity is an enduring reality. It drives the subsistence farmer to plant a less nutritious starchy crop. …

Does Good: The Impact of Your Support

Remember the call I got from the FedEx truck driver a few months ago? At the time, he had just delivered a 2 Degrees prototype to a friend and was inspired to get involved.

He called me again the other week. He had just purchased a 2 Degrees bar at a coffee shop a few miles from his home in Idaho and wanted to know how things were going. He especially wanted to know about the impact thus far.

His timing was perfect; I had just returned from Africa the day before. We talked for an hour about impact, but …

Gallery: RUTF Distribution in Malawi

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Photos from our visit to an RUTF (Ready to Use Food) distribution center in Malawi. The RUTF packs you see here were donated by 2 Degrees through the one-for-one sales of our nutrition bars. Thanks for making this first donation possible!…

Joia Mukherjee – 2 Degrees, Board of Advisors

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Joia Mukherjee explains her involvement in 2 Degrees and the importance of the company’s social mission.…

Karen Sadler, Pediatric Nutrition Advisor to 2 Degrees

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The faces of seriously malnourished children are the same the world over: large, sunken eyes, few smiles, a listless look. Never the boisterous, constant movements of a well child, but a quiet head, resting on the shoulder of a mother, aunt or even a slightly older sister.  Arms and legs are thin, and dangle from a swollen middle. For the children of Africa, dark and strong hair becomes sparse, brittle and the color of copper.

I think: if this is how poorly nourished the body is, what about this 2 year-old brain? What about the learning she can’t do or …

‘Does Good Delivery’

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To our wonderful community of supporters and friends,

We started 2 Degrees to change the lives of hungry children around the world.  Now we are taking the first step. Because of your incredible support, we are making our first donation of 10,800 nutrition packs to malnourished children in Malawi.

Lauren and I decided to visit our partners to see it all firsthand; we left for Malawi this past Saturday with Christine Smith, our Director of Digital Marketing, and Karen Sadler, a pediatrician with deep experience working with children in developing nations. Over a period of 10 days, we’ll meet with …

French Culinary Institute

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Cynthia Peithman, who runs Cakeline and is a long-time pastry chef at the prestigious French Culinary Institute in NYC, sent us an email after reading about 2 Degrees in Tasting Table. We set up a time to chat on the phone and quickly decided to meet in person to explore partnership opportunities.

I visited the French Culinary Institute yesterday and Cynthia introduced me to a number of the school’s chefs and administrators, including Christopher Papagni, the Vice President of Student Affairs, and Erik Murnighan, the Associate Dean of …

On the Road with 2 Degrees

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My name is Matt Gregory and I’m the Specialty Sales Director for 2 Degrees!

How do you feel when someone tries to sell you something? Do you give that person a moment of your time or do you pretend that you’re late for a meeting? Most of us (myself included!) speed up, pull out our cell phones, or stare determinedly at the sidewalk.

Luckily, selling 2 Degrees bars is a little different.

On Monday and Tuesday of last week, I hit the road for a 350-mile road trip between Boston and New York City to introduce 2 Degrees to a …

Emails That Make Your Day, Vol 2

Thanks to a great supporter of 2 Degrees for commenting about us on this Forbes post, and for forwarding us the email to tell us about it.  We love connecting with our fans through social media, and are happy to hear that someone thinks we’re doing a good job!

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On this post: Social Media Strategies for 2011: Misconceptions Mask Stumbling Points and Opportunities

” One company that has got it right, in my view, is 2 Degrees Food as a start up they have the advantage of integrating social media from …

Steve Collins – Scale of Malnutrition

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Check out Steve Collins’ take on malnutrition and just how much damage it is doing to young children.…

Steve Collins Interview – The Vision

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Steve Collins’ vision of how we can make a lasting impact in the fight against malnutrition.…

Steve Collins – Business Can Help Malnutrition

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Adventures on Campus: Trinity College

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Hello 2 Degrees followers!

My name is Peter Walters and I am the Campus Director for 2 Degrees at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. I wanted to share my experiences from selling bars, talking to potential vendors, creating marketing schemes, and working my way to the corporate level of a large food service company in an effort to bring 2 Degrees bars to campus.

When I first received my three cases of sample 2 Degrees bars, I didn’t know where to begin. I had a class that began in ten minutes, so I just grabbed a bunch of bars and …

Emails That Make Your Day

This one made mine:

“Will,

Thanks for sending your 3 Bars to me for sampling. While I’m definitely NOT an expert on nutritional bars, I tasted each bar and would give them an A+ rating. Here’s why:

1. They tasted great.

2. They tasted better than any other bar that I’ve been sampled on over the years (at home, on airplanes, on the street, etc.)

3. They were DIFFERENT in texture than any bar I’ve seen.

4. Their combination of ingredients seemed to be different from what’s out there.”

Have you tried a 2 Degrees bar yet? If you have, …

Welcome to 2 Degrees!

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I got a call the other day from an area code I’ve never seen before: 208. Twin Falls, Idaho. It was from a FedEx truck driver who had just delivered samples of 2 Degrees bars to a friend. He had gotten my number from the receipt of the shipping label.

“Will, you don’t know me, but I just dropped off some of your bars” he said. “Your friend told me all about 2 Degrees. I had to give you a call. I’ve been driving trucks for 15 years and I’ve never been more proud of a shipment. I’m gonna tell …

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