The pandemic has laid bare many of the cracks upon which this country is built, but few needs are more fundamental than our access to food. Food insecurity existed long before COVID-19, but has worsened and especially left low-income communities more vulnerable.
While food banks, pantries, and other community-supported programs work tirelessly to close the gap on food scarcity, it isn’t enough to cover the up to 8 billion meal shortfall America is projected to experience over the next year. And incase you missed it—we live in a country where 40 percent of our food is wasted, lost or simply thrown away.
Founder, Cole Riley came to Early Spring seeking support in solving the massive food insecurity problem the country faces.
Barriers to accessing sufficient food are far too high for far too many, not only due to cost & availability but a lack of adequate education around nourishment and achievable health.
Early Spring concepted and designed a non-profit, subscription food service for those in need called Wellfare. Wellfare will deliver nourishing food and drink to those who need it at low-to-no cost.
In parallel, Wellfare will produce relatable & insightful original content around what ‘health’ looks like, lifting the veil on ‘wellness’ & well-being. It will also help brands talk about the work they do with Wellfare in a meaningful way.
The operational and creative chasm between the nonprofit world and the commercial world had to be traversed. Old-world nonprofits may have global reach, but they often fail to treat their beneficiaries with the dignity, the attention, and the care that companies show their consumers.
Early Spring imagined, instead, a nonprofit that does not ignore design, nor branding, nor quality, nor agility. A nonprofit that pays as much attention to the needs of its beneficiaries as companies do to the needs of their consumers. A nonprofit that recognizes that people in need are not just mouths to feed but people, consumers like the rest of us, who want to be healthy, fulfilled, and happy.