(AllHipHop Features) Jasmine Crowe, an HBCU alumna, who is working to make the world a better place one cause at a time. Jasmine’s goal is to foster change and create awareness about the leading socioeconomic issues and challenges of today, like poverty, education and hunger. She has hosted activations in more than 20 US cities and the UK and Haiti and has has collected and donated over 2 million items to causes worldwide and fed over 80,000 people through the Sunday Soul Homeless feeding initiative. Through her years of work feeding vulnerable populations she saw a great opportunity for technology to solve a real problem - hunger. In January of 2017, she created Goodr, a tech enabled sustainable food waste management company with a goal to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste. Under Jasmine's direction Goodr has now diverted over one million pounds of food from landfill and serves clients including: Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Airport, NFL, The Georgia World Congress Center, MetLife and more.
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AllHipHop: OK, you have made huge waves in social entrepreneurship. What made you start Goodr for those that don't know?
It was a true organic start for me. For years I had a community service initiative called Sunday Soul ATL where I would cook food for hours in my kitchen, I'm talking like 15-20 hours and the head to the streets and feed 300-500 people who were experiencing homelessness. One day a video from one of my popup restaurants went viral and people were asking me who donated the food? For me it was a light bulb moment, I though for sure someone should be donating the food and from there, Goodr was birthed.
AllHipHop: What is next for Goodr and do you have plans to expand or replicate it in other major cities like Atlanta.
Expansion is next for us, we've recently launched in Washington, DC, Chicago and Raleigh/Durham, NC. Our goal is to be in 10 cities by the end of this year and 20 in 2020. I want to solve this problem all over the world.
AllHipHop: You also are legendary for BlackCelebrityGiving.Com, which is where I saw the pivot, but it was a great look into the other side of celebrities. What made you start it and any chance you will bring it back?
I started BlackCelebrityGiving.com because I saw a lack of media exposure for people that we're doing good things and I felt like that was important to highlight. I loved my work with BCG and it's through that work that Goodr was birthed. I saw great opportunity to give back continually and not only with celebrities, I saw that I could do good on my own. I am revamping BlackCelebrityGiving but not the website, we will focus on mission trips and celebrity giving partnerships - stay tuned.
AllHipHop: For us, what do you think about the state of social entrepreneurship?
I think social entrepreneurship is on the rise. More people will see that you can do well, by doing good. We have to continue to highlight our entrepreneurs in this space to encourage others to take this good journey.
AllHipHop: What’s the most enjoyable part of the job and your duties?
I get to feed people who would otherwise go hungry and there's nothing better than that. This is the best job ever.
AllHipHop: What is the hardest part?
I think just knowing that there's so much more work to be done, more people to feed, more cities to get to and just not being able to do everything I want to do right now.
AllHipHop: Can you describe a moment of adversity personal and in your career?
I have so many moments (laughs). I think the fundraising process was a big eye opener for me, I faced a lot of adversity being a Black woman, living in Atlanta raising money for something like hunger. It was hard to get meetings and then I was told no so many times, I almost gave up. Yet, I knew what I was fighting for was worth it so I kept going.
AllHipHop: What keeps you from giving up?
For me its that people are going to bed hungry, I will never give up on them. I want to solve hunger more than anyone else in this world.
AllHipHop: Who inspired you to become a leader or boss?
I would have to say I inspired myself after working in corporate America, I was like this is not for me. I started with my vision board and just decided I wanted to be my own boss and do good things.
AllHipHop: How do you balance work, and personal life?
I think I am lucky here, I am single with no kids, so I don't have a lot happening in my personal life. I make time for self-care every weekend, I spend time daily with someone I love like my best friends or sisters and always take time for a glass of wine.
AllHipHop: What do you like to do for fun?
Travel, attending sporting events, dine out, relax at home and travel some more.
AllHipHop: Final words?
Never give up on your dreams, don't leave anything on the table that can change the world.