The Skidmore News sat down with Nina Orlando '16, Co-President of FeelGood, to discuss what the "grilled cheese club" is all about.
Q: What is FeelGood, and when was Skidmore's chapter founded?
A: We make gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and give them to students and faculty in exchange for a donation that goes towards the sustainable end of world hunger. We started at Skidmore in Fall 2012, but didn’t become an official SGA club until Fall 2013.
Q: Does Skidmore's FeelGood chapter donate to a specific charity, and if so, why that one?
A: FeelGood is a national organization and we are one of 24 chapters on college campuses across the country. FeelGood has 4 partner organizations, but we choose to donate all of our money to The Hunger Project because their goal is to empower local people and organizations to end their own hunger. They believe in partnership, not charity, and so do we.
Q: How often do you sell your grilled cheeses and where?
A: We will be selling our grilled cheeses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-3p.m. on the 2nd floor of Case Center next to the SGA Information desk. We hope to start selling in the beginning of October!
Q: Do you have any future plans to expand your enterprise, perhaps by increasing hours and days in which you sell grilled cheese?
A: We are always thinking about expanding in the long term, but that’s easier said than done, so for right now, we are sticking to 2 days a week. Hopefully in the future we can grow!
Q: Do you sell anything besides for grilled cheeses, and do you raise money by any other means?
A: We sell t-shirts, FeelGood sunglasses and grilled cheese shaped USB flash drives at our delis. We also have a ton of cool events! We put on a benefit concert, had our Flags for Hunger event, had a movie screening, and co-sponsored a bunch of other club’s events. We are always brainstorming ways to raise more money. Keep an eye out for new FeelGood foods we might be selling!
Q: Since the inception of Skidmore's chapter, how much money has FeelGood raised?
A: We have raised about $5,000 since we started.
Q: How many people do you have working for FeelGood?
A: Our e-board is made up of 7 students and a bunch of dedicated members. Our Deli couldn’t operate without all of our amazing members.
Q: Is there anything else you would like the student body to know about FeelGood?
A: If you’ve even seen someone dressed up as a grilled cheese walking around campus, that was us. Be sure to stop by our deli in Case on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! We have so many cool new recipes!