“PARIS, March 6, 2012 – TABLE FOR TWO (TFT), a non-profit organization that tackles the opposing issues of malnutrition in developing countries and obesity in the developed world, hosted today its first pilot event in France in collaboration with two MBA participants from HEC Paris, Jennie Levitt and Shaheen Peerbhai. Jennie and Shaheen are the founders of Friday Lunches, a private catering service dedicated to providing lunches every Friday for hungry B-school students on the HEC campus. The price of a lunch included a €0.20 surcharge, which will be used to provide one school lunch for a student in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and South Africa.
TFT is seeking for corporate cafeterias, restaurants and dining halls across France to serve healthy, nutritionally balanced TFT-branded meals. “We were happy to host TABLE FOR TWO’s first kick-off event,” said Jennie, co-founder of Friday Lunches, “because we were able to prepare tasty, well-rounded meals for our classmates and to sponsor 47 warm, healthy school lunches. We both love cooking and we can’t imagine a better way to share that passion.”
TFT currently partners with HEC Paris MBA to launch its French operation in 2012. Since its founding in Japan in 2007 by, among others, James Kondo, Country Manager of Twitter in Japan, and Masa Kogure, recently named an Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, TFT has quickly grown to become one of Japan’s most visible social enterprises.
Elli Suzuki, HEC MBA Full-Time Participant