FeelGood About the Grilled Cheese Club on Campus
If you’ve ever had a delicious, gooey grilled cheese sandwich made for you right in Skidmore’s Case Center on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, thank the FeelGood club. FeelGood, or “the grilled cheese club” as they are more affectionately known on campus, is a small club with a big goal: end extreme poverty by 2030.
The club currently exists on 25 college campuses across the United States and Canada, working to raise money for the Commitment 2030 Fund. Made up of The Hunger Project, Pachamama Alliance, CHOICE Humanitarian, and Water For People organizations, the Commitment 2030 Fund is committed to ending extreme hunger and poverty while also emphasizing sustainability. All proceeds from FeelGood’s delis, where they make grilled cheese and customers pay “what feels good,” are donated and split equally among these four organizations.
“People say our grilled cheese is pretty good,” says club president Ella Amaral Lavoie ’18. Customers of Skidmore’s FeelGood delis should not only be pleased about where their money is going, but also the food they are eating. All ingredients are locally donated so that they are not only fresh, but also ensure 100% of deli revenue goes toward Commitment 2030.
Amaral Lavoie is hopeful for the club’s future after a successful year last year raising $6,000, putting on events and fundraisers, and doing a cookie delivery service for students during study days before exams, in addition to weekly delis. While Amaral Lavoie notes the club is very happy right now with their progress, “it was an ambitious year [last year] and a lot of work for us in the club, so in the future we are hoping to expand our number of members.”
Amaral Lavoie also echoed this sentiment when asked what the Skidmore community could do to help FeelGood reach their goal of eliminating hunger: “maybe just by simply spreading the word about us to increase our membership so people get involved.” FeelGood hopes to draw in new members with their “combination of fun, food-related accessibility and humanitarian, non-profit efforts.”
Of course, you can also help FeelGood by stopping by the delis Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Case from noon-2:00 p.m. For when you can’t get enough, FeelGood meetings are Monday nights at 7 p.m. in Ladd 207 where members prepare food for the delis, plan events and fundraisers, chat, and listen to music. And according to Amaral Lavoie, you’re in for a good time: “we’re a pretty chill club: we have grilled cheese parties, we are not closed off, and we love new people!”