Products With Purpose: 2 Degrees Food
As a social entrepreneur and marketer, I am passionate about using technology for social good. In addition to using technology to solve some of the world’s most pressing social issues, I think it’s extremely important to support organizations that are looking to develop social change via products, which is why I started Products with Purpose. Products with Purpose is a blog series focused on highlighting products and organizations that integrate social good into their business model.
Today, I am highlighting the 2 Degrees Food Bar.
Very similar to the TOMS shoes model, 2 Degrees follows the one-for-one model, but instead of shoes, each bar pays for a meal for a hungry child. The company partners with the nonprofit organization Feeding America to make this a reality.
The Company Story and Mission
“Our mission is to bridge the gap between you and hungry children all over the world.
The 2 Degree Story- we’re a small food company with a big mission. We want to end childhood hunger around the world. Here is how it works: For every bar you buy, we feed a hungry child. That’s it. Simple concept.”
— 2 Degrees Food website
What Did I Think?
I love this idea. As an avid snacker and athlete, I am always looking for healthy snacks that actually taste good.
I have tried every bar out there as I spent months testing different bars while training for an Ironman (if you need to know the outcome of this, the Mint Chocolate Cliff Bar and the Lemon Zest Luna Bar were the winners). Although 2 Degrees is not marketed as a workout bar, it comes in at 170 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 2 grams of saturated fat (for a normal bar — they also have 100-calorie mini bars), making it more similar to a KIND bar than to the more traditional Cliffbar/Powerbar/Protein bars.
The bars are GMO-Free-Certified (fancy), all natural, and low sodium. They have no nut ingredients and are vegan. They are also made in the USA, and the company is headquartered in San Francisco.
I tried the Chocolate Banana flavor (they also have Cherry Almond, Chocolate Peanut, and Apple Pecan options), which is all natural and made with quinoa, millet, and chia.
Overall it was great. There was a very strong banana taste with a chocolate aftertaste. It was chewy, and due to the chia seeds, it tasted a bit seedy. It took me about two, three bites to get used to, but overall it was good, and I bought a box to snack on.
In addition to alleviating hunger, and providing a great product, 2 Degree bars make it very easy for companies that offer snacks to employees to make a big impact. By just purchasing the bars for in-office snacks, they are providing many, many meals for hungry children.
Where do you get 2 Degree Bars?
Mini Bar packs of five cost $5.49, and normal-sized bar packs of nine cost $17.95 .
You can purchase bars here: http://twodegreesfood.com/