The Soulfull Project Gives Back and Promotes Healthy Lives

Joanna Gagis is joined by Megan Shea and Chip Heim, Co-Founders of The Soulfull Project, an organization focused on creating healthy and delicious breakfast food, while also giving back to the community: for every product bought, a package gets donated to a local food bank.

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"Welcome back. Their company was founded on the belief that one person can make a difference and change the world, and for the Co-Founders of the Soulfull Project, it starts with breakfast. They are Megan Shea and Chip Heim. Welcome to the program, both of you. Hi. Thanks for having us. Megan, let's start with you. What is the Soulfull Project? The Soulfull Project is a company that Phip and I started, and it started from a broken promise that we made. We had met a family very much in need, and we wanted to help them in a more meaningful way than just extra food and extra money. And so we made a promise to ourselves to really help them in a more meaningful way, but then never followed through. Chip, explain that a bit more. What brought you to this family? And what did you really see was the need? Yeah, we were working on a project at the time, for Campbell Soup Company actually. You're both employed by Campbell Soup? We're both employed by Campbell Soup. Yeah. And we did... part of the research we were doing, we were meeting with families, we were going to their homes and meeting with them, and we were meeting with families at a higher income bracket, and you know, while we were on the trip, the last family on the trip ended up being someone that unexpectedly didn't have any food. They didn't have anything in the house, they didn't have anything in the fridge, or their cabinets. They were living hand-to-mouth. And so, when we left that day, we actually had a little bit of an argument about it, because we were trying to figure out how we could help them. What can we do? And you know, we thought, can we give them more food? Can we give them money? But we wanted to do something more. We wanted to do something with more meaning. And so we made a promise to ourselves that we would do something about it. Megan, you said it was a failed promise. Talk about what happened, what didn't happen, and how you got to where you are now. Yeah. I mean we left that family, we have the argument, and got back on the plane, and came home to our regular lives, which are busy, right? Just like everyone else's. Young kids, busy work schedules, soccer games, and that promise... a week later, we hadn't done anything. A month later... And a year later, we woke up and realized that, we never followed through on it. It was just one of those things...."