Food Gurus Partner to Empower Consumers and Fight Childhood Hunger

SF-based Two Degrees Food and DC-based Earth Starter have created a partnership to donate meals to children in need for every Nourishmat garden purchased.

San Francisco, Calif. – July 22, 2013 – Two Degrees, Inc., the first buy-one give-one food company, and Earth Starter, a local whole food company that teaches consumers how to grow their own food, have teamed up to provide meals to hungry kids across America. The partnership brings together two food-focused, social startups with a mission to give the gift of food.

Through Two Degrees’ partnership with Feeding America, Earth Starter will donate four meals to children in need for every Nourishmat purchased. The Nourishmat is an all-in-one modular garden that is laid on top of soil and is color-coded to teach users how to maximize herb and vegetable growth in small spaces. It includes seedballs, a crafty mix of compost, worm castings fertilizer, chili-powder, and non-GMO seeds for improved germination and optimal growth.

Two Degrees normally donates one meal for every gluten-free vegan snack bar they sell. Earth Starter has recently launched Nourishmat on Kickstarter in order to raise money to manufacture their mats in the United States.

Both companies have food-focused missions that aim to change the landscape of food education and philanthropy. Two Degrees focuses on childhood hunger, while Earth Starter focuses on providing fresh food to urban dwellers and others by teaching them how to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers using square foot gardening. Earth Starter has already placed mats at San Francisco City Hall as well as local school gardens in both San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

By joining forces, Two Degrees and Earth Starter will be able to reach a larger audience while each has a unique impact on hunger and food in the United States.

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About Earth Starter

Earth Starter is a social start-up based in Washington, DC and founded in 2013 by Nourishmat creators Phil Weiner and John Gorby. Their first creation is the Nourishmat, a garden pad with seeds included to create an easy, sustainable garden ecosystem and help consumers grow their own food. Weiner currently serves as Earth Starter’s CEO, while Gorby serves as the President. Together, two are  launching the Nourishmat on Kickstarter in July 2013, and afterward the mat will be sold on Earth Starter’s website. The Nourishmat and its seed component, seedballs, are manufactured in the United States.

About Two Degrees Food  

Two Degrees is the first One-for-One food company. For every snack product sold, the company donates a meal to a hungry child. Since launching in 2011, the company has donated over 850,000 meals to children in India, Somalia, Haiti, Colombia, Myanmar, Malawi, Kenya and the United States through their partner nonprofits and NGOs.

The bars are sold nationwide in Whole Foods Market, Barnes & Noble College Bookstores and in the corporate offices of Twitter, Zynga, AOL, HP, Airbnb, Intel and thousands of other locations around the country.

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