High quality wool socks are the ultimate stocking stuffer, and for every pair sold this Iowa company led by a young Iowa State student, is feeding Iowa kids. We need more companies like LunchSox!
American companies are great at helping their community, but Iowa-based Lunchsox takes it to a whole new level. Founder, Rebecca Lyons developed the idea while she was working in a student incubator program at Iowa State University. She knew business could be used as a tool as social change and she set out to do just that.
Lyons' company makes quality wool socks in fun patterns and is actively developing a sock supply chain that brings the wool and other fibers directly from farm to foot. She seeks out local supplies to source local wool, but her socks also feed kids. For every pair of socks sold, their proceeds go to help feed kids. Starting in November of 2017, the company has already provided over 5000 meals!
Lyons started helping kids in Zimbabwe, but feedback from her customers, indicated there was also need in their own backyard, so Lunchsox partnered with the Backpack Buddy program in Clinton, Iowa. Because many kids with food insecurity qualify for free or reduced lunch at public schools, LunchSox funding provides meals that are sent home with hungry school children over weekends.
Lyons told us more than 80% of American kids who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals lack access to these on weekends, so this program eases a significant fear for some kids growing up with no food in Iowa. In the USA 1 out of 6 kids face hunger.
In 2019, Lyons hopes to expand Lunchsox, adding a larger team to meet greater demand, perhaps adding retailers in the USA. This will allow LunchSox to help fulfill their next goal, which will be funding garden school programs. In this way, kids can use about how to grow their own food. Because Lyons is studying agricultural education, the fit is obvious.
Lunchsox are available right now for men and women, with some crazy and fun patterns. What could be than stuffing your stockings with stockings for Christmas? Especially, knowing that your Christmas gift will help kids.