Family of Five Reaches Milestone Goal of Providing 1 Million Meals

cuddle and kindTORONTO, Ontario- April 4th, 2017- Today, cuddle+kind is excited to announce that they have donated 1 million meals to children in need. This has been cuddle+kind’s goal since its launch in September 2015 when they introduced their line of handmade dolls that provide meals to hungry children around the world.

“We believe that all children should have enough food to eat and the opportunity to thrive.” says Derek Woodgate, co-founder of cuddle+kind. “Our family is so excited to hit this milestone goal. Our hope is that one day every child will have enough food to eat and we hope cuddle+kind will be a part of making that happen.”

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five — 3.1 million children each year. Sixty-six million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world. In the US, over 16 million children live in food insecure households. In Canada, 1 child in 5 lacks access to nutritious food before school starts. cuddle+kind now hopes to surpass the number of meals they’ve donated and achieve their goal of providing 1 million meals annually.

cuddle+kind donates meals though its giving partners, World Food Program USA, Children’s Hunger Fund and Breakfast Club of Canada in 65 countries around the world, including in Canada and the US. Through these giving partners, they are able to provide nutritious school lunches worldwide, which provides an incentive for impoverished families to send their children to school. They also provide nutritious Food Paks to families in Peru and provide meals to orphanages in Haiti.

cuddle+kind’s line of fourteen adorable dolls are handcrafted by artisans in Peru. For each doll sold, they provide 10 meals to children in need. Each handmade cuddle+kind doll is ethically produced and helps provide knitters with a sustainable, fair trade income. cuddle+kind currently provides over 300 fair trade jobs to artisans in Peru.

cuddle+kind’s hand-knit dolls come in 20” and 13” sizes and are handcrafted with premium cotton yarn. The dolls have a signature 1 doll = 10 meals wristband, as well as tags that include the character’s birthday, personality and favourite quote. These quotes have been made into inspirational prints, that also provide 5 meals to children in need.

About cuddle+kind

cuddle+kind was founded in 2015 and is based in Toronto, Ontario. Started by Jennifer and Derek Woodgate with their three young children, cuddle+kind was an idea that came to life after the Woodgates learned how many children suffer daily from hunger around the world. cuddle+kind’s “1 doll = 10 meals” philosophy allows them to create a truly sustainable stream of giving with their customers, rather than depending on fundraising. It is cuddle+kind’s mission to give 1 million meals to children in need annually. To learn more about cuddle+kind, visit their website ( and connect with cuddle+kind on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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