Solving Hunger One Cuddle At A Time

World Food Program USA
Published September 16, 2015
Last Updated August 8, 2019

It’s rare that a doll can change a child’s life. But thanks to parents Jennifer and Derek Woodgate, a new line of hand-knit dolls is doing just that.

Their new social endeavor—dubbed “cuddle+kind”—launched today with a simple idea: That a cuddle can change a child’s world.

Each doll in their collection is hand-knitted by Peruvian artisans using locally sourced materials, offering the community a fair-trade income. This approach not only supports cuddle+kind’s mission of being an ethical organization, it also expands upon WFP’s goal of empowering communities with the right resources and tools to overcome hunger and poverty.

For every handmade doll sold, cuddle+kind will provide at least 10 meals to children in need through WFP USA and Children’s Hunger Fund. Their goal is to provide 1 million meals each year. For just 25 cents, WFP can deliver a nutritious school meal — and hope — to a hungry child.

“These dolls don’t just give warmth and comfort to children,” says Jennifer Woodgate. “By donating our proceeds to World Food Program USA, these dolls will help nourish hungry children across the globe and feed the dreams of kids in need.”

Last year alone, WFP provided school meals to more than 17 million students in 75,500 schools across the globe. As the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting global hunger, WFP reaches a total of 80 million people in 82 countries each year with lifesaving food assistance.

From now until World Food Day on October 16, the company will give one meal for each like on their social media pages.