Creating Impact Through Food and Travel


Mission + Vision

Leveraging People’s Passion for Food and Travel as Agents for Good

Food has been the connective tissue of humanity since the beginning of time. We believe people can change the world through the warm community and positive sustenance that food provides.

We here at The Kind Foodist make this mission fun and easy by offering transformative trips to food enthusiasts and volunteer-oriented travelers to explore culinary destinations and give back. These immersive experiences include culinary adventure tourism like biking to vanilla farms or cooking with native villagers, and volunteer projects like working in community jungle farms.

We also offer ½ day volunteer opportunities to socially conscious travelers to add into their own travel itineraries as a way to learn about and give back to the destination they are visiting. We donate a portion of all profits to Non-profit organizations that create socio-economic impact across the world.

Have you been hearing the call to do something meaningful? You can contribute to positive change in yourself and others, just by doing what you love to do!

Take a Trip + Give + Grow

Impact Others and Yourself With a Journey

Our trips are thoughtfully curated to delight culinary taste buds, provide opportunities for meaningful community service, and stretch personal growth. Take a journey with us, and you can:

  • Explore native cuisines and ingredients
  • Learn and teach cooking classes together with the community 
  • Bike to vanilla or chocolate farms, hike across wineries, or kayak and fish before a beach picnic, etc
  • Contribute skills to a local Non-profit organization by restauranting, farming, or accounting - everything is welcomed and important!
  • Nourish your soul through an unparalleled experience of serving, self-discovery, and expansion of character
  • Build personal and professional skills like creative problem solving, and foreign languages
  • Exchange ideas and cultures with unique individuals from across the globe
  • A portion of all profits are donated to the Non-profit organizations and communities visited

You can discover individual trip details below… Bon Voyage!

Eat + Tour + Volunteer Launch Event in Los Angeles!
  • Help Enrich LA by getting your hands dirty and helping to harvest vegetables from a local edible garden
  • Watch chef cooking demos and listen to them discuss hot topics like food deserts, sustainable local food sourcing, and edible gardens
  • Taste culinary creations by some of the celebrated chefs and restaurants in the city
Immersive 2 week Trip to Peru (Sample Itinerary)
  • Explore and learn new ingredients from the Amazon rain forest – broaden your perception of food and cooking
  • Taste the vibrant local cuisine, including home-cooked dishes with community members
  • Enjoy culinary adventure tours like hiking to chocolate farms or zip-lining to jungle gardens
  • Grow and develop personal life skills by volunteering at a partnering non-profit organization
  • Work on volunteer projects like children’s educational programs at a small surfing village in Northern Peru
  • 20 hours of volunteer service
Volunteer Adventure Tour
  • Visit and volunteer at a non-profit organization by tacking on a half-day tour to your own travel itinerary
  • Go on an adventure excursion on the way to or from the Non-profit Organization – e.g. bike tour of the city, jungle hike, etc.
  • Learn about the realities and contribute to the needs of the area you are traveling to
  • 2-3 hours of volunteer service
Volunteer Tour
  • Visit and volunteer at a non-profit organization by tacking on a half-day tour to your own travel itinerary
  • Learn about the realities and contribute to the needs of the area you are traveling to
  • 3-4 hours of volunteer service

Non-Profits

Apply to Join the Kind Network

The Kind Network is a group of partnering Non-profit organizations and social enterprises that provides support, community, and resources to one another.  Furthermore,  participating organizations can receive human capital for their programs through vetted-out Kind Foodist volunteers, funding through The Kind Foodist donations, opportunities for long-term gift-receiving, and free marketing on The Kind Foodist's digital, physical, and media outlets.  We believe there is an incredible amount of effective grassroot entities out in the world creating social impact and positive change.  Our goal is to provide the additional resources needed to bring these Non-profit organizations to the next level in an effort to increase incremental impact on their communities. There is an important vetting process, consisting of mission alignment, accountability systems, transparency protocols, and more to ensure all partners are set up into an edifying collective of exponential joint impact.

If you believe you should be one of our partnering organizations, please contact us by clicking on the “APPLY” button below and providing essential information on your organization, including:

  • Mission Statement + Vision
  • Details on Upcoming Program(s) That Need Volunteers and Funding 
  • Area of Focus (e.g. Education, Economic Development, Food, Health, etc.) 
  • Whether you have 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Status
  • Website Link

APPLY

Explore + Inspire

Photos + Videos from the Trips, Events, Communities, and People We’ve Worked With

Food for Thought

Latest News from the Kitchens and Change-Makers Around the World
Volunteerism

OUR TEAM

Heart, Talent, and Passion are What Make Up Our Squad of Change-makers
Jessica Lee
Co-Founder – Executive Director
Jessica brings ten years of marketing and sales experience to this enterprise and stays true to her passion for food and faith in the human spirit. She believes anybody can make a positive impact no matter how large or small in scale – it all starts with one step – because the whole is greater than the sum of all our steps.
Michelle Nance
Co-Founder – Managing Director
Michelle is dedicated to experiential travel and sustainable community development. She has her M.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and has worked with tourism and community outreach organizations in the U.S. and abroad providing opportunities for cultural exchange, service learning, and personal development.
Chef Brian Huskey
Advisor – Chef and Culinary
Chef Brian Huskey’s goal is to bridge the gap by making fresh flavorful food available and accessible to the masses. His travels and daily connections with people give him inspiration in creating his memorable flavor bombs and dishes.
Chef Mark Gold
Advisor – Chef and Culinary
Chef Mark Gold has been creating a splash in the scene with Salt, the waterfront seafood restaurant in the new Marina del Rey Hotel. Previously owner and chef at critically acclaimed Eve Restaurant, he returns from an inspiration-seeped stage at NOMA in Copenhagen, and brings incredible culinary knowledge to the team.
Sidecar Doughnuts
Kind Network Partner
Sidecar Doughnuts is a new type of gathering place for a beloved community with perfectly hand-crafted doughnuts, delicious coffee, and infectious smiles for all. Each month they partner with a different charity/non-profit group to donate a portion of proceeds. They hope you will join them in their efforts to save the world…one doughnut at a time!
WAVES for Development International
Kind Network Partner
WAVES connects the dots between volunteering, traveling to surf, community-based tourism and grassroots initiatives. It’s a network of partnerships to help traveling surfers, coastal community members and grassroots organizations effectively work together.
High Tides International
Kind Network Partner
High Tides International is a Canadian non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an outlet for education, creativity and self-exploration in communities where resources are needed. Our current area of focus is Lobitos, Peru where we help individuals grow up to be healthy, have access to higher education, and the tools to reach their full potential.
L.A. Kitchen
Kind Network Partner
L.A. Kitchen believes that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. Reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be discarded, training unemployed men and women for jobs, and providing healthy meals to fellow citizens, L.A. Kitchen empowers, nourishes, and engages the community.
Arajuno Road Project
Kind Network Partner
The Arajuno Road Project runs community development & conservation programs which provide support for school and community infrastructure, school gardens, and reforestation initiatives in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
David Adler
Advisor – Community-Partnered Development and Collaboration Systems
David is a senior medical student at UCLA and research fellow with the UCLA School of Public Health. He is dedicated to the research and development of resilient community-partnered systems ultimately improving the health, happiness, and success of service providers and marginalized communities.
Elaine Phuong
Advisor – Restaurateur
Elaine is a co-founder and owner of Nong La, a successful family-run restaurant business in Los Angeles, considered to be one of the city’s best in fresh homestyle Vietnamese fare. She brings incredible design, marketing, and restaurateur expertise to the Advisory Board.
Datar Sahi
Advisor – Technology & Marketing
Datar is the Founder of tech start-up and digital disruptor, HAVN, giving ownership of the digital experience back to users everywhere. He brings years of technology, marketing, and entrepreneurial mentorship to the board.
Paul Sim
Director of Web Development
Paul is an enthusiastic web developer and an aspiring music composer for film and video games.

Enroll on a Trip

Embark on a Transformative Journey Filled with Tastes, Exploration, and Volunteerism

Your experience awaits you! If you've decided on your experience, choose the trip on the left, fill out the form to the right, and click on the Paypal button below. A Kind Foodist associate will contact you with further details about your trip. If you still have any questions on trips or options, you can send them through the "GET IN TOUCH" form at the bottom of this page, and a Kind Foodist Associate will contact you with assistance.

  Eat + Tour + Volunteer Launch Event in Los Angeles!
  • Help Enrich LA by getting your hands dirty and helping to harvest vegetables from a local edible garden
  • Watch chef cooking demos and listen to them discuss hot topics like food deserts, sustainable local food sourcing, and edible gardens
  • Taste culinary creations by some of the celebrated chefs and restaurants in the city
  Immersive 2 week Trip to Peru (Sample Itinerary)
  • Explore and learn new ingredients from the Amazon rain forest - broaden your perception of food and cooking
  • Taste the vibrant local cuisine, including home-cooked dishes with community members
  • Enjoy culinary adventure tours like hiking to chocolate farms or zip-lining to jungle gardens
  • Grow and develop personal life skills by volunteering at a partnering non-profit organization
  • Work on volunteer projects like children's educational programs at a small surfing village in Northern Peru
  • 20 hours of volunteer service
  Volunteer Adventure Tour
  • Visit and volunteer at a non-profit organization by tacking on a half-day tour to your own travel itinerary
  • Go on an adventure excursion on the way to or from the Non-profit Organization - e.g. bike tour of the city, jungle hike, etc.
  • Learn about the realities and contribute to the needs of the area you are traveling to
  • 2-3 hours of volunteer service
  Volunteer Tour
  • Visit and volunteer at a non-profit organization by tacking on a half-day tour to your own travel itinerary
  • Learn about the realities and contribute to the needs of the area you are traveling to
  • 3-4 hours of volunteer service
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