Enter Feed the Polls, a new initiative that aims to give voters free, nutritious meals at polling places on Election Day. Focusing on poorer, food-insecure communities, the group hopes to distribute 50,000 meals on November 3.
“Hunger is nonpartisan. We just want to feed people,” Chris Stang, co-founder and CEO of Zagat and the Infatuation, said to CNN. “We are certainly not trying to tell anyone how to vote — we just want them to vote.”
For Jaber, who grew up in Palestinian refugee camps, the issue of food insecurity is extremely personal. “It’s important to me to feed anyone that is hungry,” he said to CNN.
Feed the Polls is not alone in its quest to encourage voting in nontraditional (and delicious) ways.
In just under a week, Stang said, Feed the Polls has raised more than $14,000 entirely from individual donations through The Infatuation and Zagat’s networks, as well as raising awareness online.
“The most encouraging thing is seeing this grassroots fundraising,” Stang said to CNN. “We want to put some good out into the world whenever possible.”