What if there were a way for you to eat healthier meals and help feed malnourished children in developing countries at the same time? With Table for Two (TFT), a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization, you can.
For each TFT branded meal or food item that is purchased from corporate cafeterias, restaurants, convenience stores, and even vending machines, TFT donates 20 yen (roughly 20 cents) to provide healthy school lunches to children in Africa. At the same time, TFT helps to fight obesity in developed countries, as TFT meals are healthy and low in calories.
The Japan Society presents Masahisa Kogure, the Director of TFT International in Table for Two: Connecting the World by Sharing a Meal on Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Chapman, Managing Director, Loan Syndicate & Sales, U.S. Bank. The lecture will be followed by a reception with TFT-inspired gourmet dishes catered by Wasan.
TFT was founded in 2007 after Kogure, a Waseda University graduate with majors in science and engineering, was compelled to combat what he considered a global nutrition crisis: “In a world of almost 7 billion people, 1 billion suffer from hunger and malnutrition, while another 1 billion face obesity, diabetes, and other health issues related to ‘over-nutrition.'” In its first year, TFT established partnerships with more than 100 companies and currently has programs in Uganda, Rwanda, Mali, and Ethiopia.The nonprofit continues to grow, opening an office in New York in 2008 and forging relationships with the Kitano Hotel and Columbia University. Kogure has also published a book about his experiences with TFT, Connecting the World with 20 Yen (in Japanese only).
In addition to the lecture at the Japan Society, Table for Two will have a book discussion (in Japanese) at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Bryant Park on Thursday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m. They will also make an appearance at the Japan Block Fair in Astoria on Sunday, July 25. Vendors will have TFT meals available, and Kogure will speak about TFT on the main stage at noon and 1:50 p.m.
Table for Two: Connecting the World by Sharing a Meal is part of the Japan Society’s U.S.-Japan Innovators Network (IN), a multidisciplinary network of emerging and established innovative leaders committed to creating a better world. IN explores new potential for U.S.-Japan collaboration by connecting people and ideas through network-building exchanges, private retreats, Internet discussions, public symposia, and long-term projects.
Table for Two: Connecting the World by Sharing a Meal takes place Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues. Tickets are $16/$12 Japan Society members, seniors & students. Purchase tickets online or call the box office at 212-715-1258.