Lorde just told her 2.7 million Instagram followers about an amazing chef who's paying it forward.

Lorde posts a lot of great stuff on Instagram.

But it's not all serious wet hair selfies, triumphant shots of single-arm-hugging Taylor Swift, ocean party pics, and serious seatbelt selfies.


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Recently, the singer gave a massive Instagram shoutout to a New Zealand chef who's using his time and talent to pay it forward in a great way.

His name is Michael Meredith, and Lorde told her 2.7 million followers to go support his organization, "Eat My Lunch," which donates a fresh, healthy meal to a hungry child in New Zealand every time a customer buys lunch.

(sorry for the text wall) hey kiwis! something a little out of the ordinary to share with you today, but something that means a lot to me. as you know, the cost of life in auckland (and new zealand!) is high. the heartbreaking result of that is that a really appalling 1 in 4 kids are living in poverty, and going to school without lunch. it makes me wanna cry thinking about kids who can't eat at school, and therefore probably find it pretty tough to focus and learn too. so when i found out about michael meredith's awesome new thing, EAT MY LUNCH, i was chuffed. the idea is for $10, you get a super yum healthy lunch which changes every day delivered to your work or school, and for every lunch you buy a second lunch is given to a kiwi kid who needs it. HOW COOL IS THAT?! i emailed them like "i travel too much to eat a lunch, but how can i GIVE TWO instead?" and they came back to me saying they were just about to launch a new thing, hopefully nationwide eventually, where you can do just that. and the first day is today. you can subscribe to do this at eatmylunch.nz/give-two - even if it's $10 a week, that's 2 less coffees (or one less cold pressed juice, jesus!!) and two kids get to eat lunch. it's a no brainer, really. this week, i'm sponsoring te papapa school in onehunga for all the lunches that they need, and i've also subscribed to GIVE TWO as their first subscriber. so what are you waiting for? if you've got $10 to spare, jump on it. ok that's it THANKS 4 READING and lots of love from me ❤️
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Eat My Lunch, the organization Lorde is so chuffed about, was started by a New Zealand couple with Meredith's help.

Meredith is the brains behind the appropriately named restaurant Merediths, which has won a slew of awards and is, by all accounts, super fancy.

He's giving away his immense skills for free to try to make sure no child in his home country, no matter how poor, goes hungry.

According to Eat My Lunch, even in a country as wealthy as New Zealand, "One in four children ... live in poverty and go without lunch every day." Every time a customer makes a purchase, Eat My Lunch sends a sandwich, fresh veggies, and a treat — assembled by Meredith and his partners — to a local school serving children in need.

And if, like Lorde, you're so pumped about the idea that you want to give both lunches instead of eating one yourself, well ... you can give two. Super easily too. From anywhere in the world.

Although right now, Eat My Lunch only operates in New Zealand, it's part of a larger trend.

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Like Rosa's Pizza in Philadelphia, where customers can pre-purchase $1 slices to feed the homeless. Or Tabrizi's in Baltimore, which skipped the city's annual Restaurant Week and opened up their dining room to homeless patrons.

It's pretty awesome to see all these chefs using their skills to make a difference in the lives of people who need it most.

And it's great to see Lorde using her valuable social media space to offer some epic support.

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The experiences we have at school tend to stay with us throughout our lives. It's an impactful time where small acts of kindness, encouragement, and inspiration go a long way.

Schools, classrooms, and teachers that are welcoming and inclusive support students' development and help set them up for a positive and engaging path in life.

Here are three of our favorite everyday actions that are spreading kindness on campus in a big way:

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1. Pickleball to Get Fifth Graders Moving

Mark Storhaug is a 5th grade teacher at Kingsley Elementary in Los Angeles, who wants to use pickleball to get his students "moving on the playground again after 15 months of being Zombies learning at home."

Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that mixes elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis, where two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. It's as simple as that.

Kingsley Elementary is in a low-income neighborhood where outdoor spaces where kids can move around are minimal. Mark's goal is to get two or three pickleball courts set up in the schoolyard and have kids join in on what's quickly becoming a national craze. Mark hopes that pickleball will promote movement and teamwork for all his students. He aims to take advantage of the 20-minute physical education time allotted each day to introduce the game to his students.

Help Mark get his students outside, exercising, learning to cooperate, and having fun by donating to his GoFundMe.

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2. Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids

According to the WHO around 280 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the US, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 1 in 20 experience severe mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Kaiya Bates, who was recently crowned Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen for 2022, is one of those people, and has endured severe anxiety, depression, and selective mutism for most of her life.

Through her GoFundMe, Kaiya aims to use her "knowledge to inspire and help others through their mental health journey and to spread positive and factual awareness."

She's put together regulation kits (that she's used herself) for teachers to use with students who are experiencing stress and anxiety. Each "CALM-ing" kit includes a two-minute timer, fidget toolboxes, storage crates, breathing spheres, art supplies and more.

Kaiya's GoFundMe goal is to send a kit to every teacher in every school in the Pasco School District in Washington where she lives.

To help Kaiya achieve her goal, visit Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids.

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3. Library for a high school heritage Spanish class

Julie Tarman is a high school Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California, who hopes to raise enough money to create a Spanish language class library.

The school is in a low-income area, and although her students come from Spanish-speaking homes, they need help building their fluency, confidence, and vocabulary through reading Spanish language books that will actually interest them.

Julie believes that creating a library that affirms her students' cultural heritage will allow them to discover the joy of reading, learn new things about the world, and be supported in their academic futures.

To support Julie's GoFundMe, visit Library for a high school heritage Spanish class.

Do YOU have an idea for a fundraiser that could make a difference? Upworthy and GoFundMe are celebrating ideas that make the world a better, kinder place. Visit upworthy.com/kindness to join the largest collaboration for human kindness in history and start your own GoFundMe.

This article originally appeared on 10.23.15


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