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Good food feeds the soul & makes us stronger.

Good food feeds the soul & makes us stronger.

Feast for Good is a Charlotte, NC nonprofit 501(c)(3) that organizes and activates resources to nourish cancer patients.  We source and deliver local meals to those actively undergoing treatments with limited to no access to food due to financial, logistical, familial, or physical challenges.

We are currently building our operational infrastructure and could use your help to get delicious nourishment to those braving cancer!

Our inspiration

Hi! I'm Kristi Martin, Founder of Feast for Good.

On December 26, 2018, I learned I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia and was directed to report straight to the hospital to start intensive chemotherapy. Shortly thereafter, I learned that I had a blood mutation that would never really go away so they started prepping me for a bone marrow stem cell transplant.

On April 9, 2019, I celebrated my new re-birthday because an anonymous bone marrow stem cell donor (who I've now learned is from Germany) gave me a second chance at life.

During treatments, a support system rallied around my husband & I providing meals and financial assistance...so I want to give back to rally around those in need!

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At the time of diagnosis, I was the owner of FEAST Food Tours & Culinary Events which I started in February 2012. Prior to that, I was in the event planning & hospitality industry since 1998.

Those local culinary & hospitality communities came to our rescue bringing delicious nourishment to my hospital room & at home for weeks on end. Having meals on-hand helped us focus on my health & recovery and reduce worry.

Many braving cancer treatments do not have a support system, a caregiver, financial stability, or may have uprooted their lives to take up residence in a hotel to be near the hospital and don't have access to freshly cooked meals.

I want to change that.

Thanks for letting me experience the gift of good food by local chefs. It is memorable. Thank you for providing and taking on this mission."

We met Desmond through our Levine Cancer Institute social worker referral program. He lives alone & is mostly wheelchair bound. When we heard he was craving West African cuisine, we dug in and found Chef Awo's Catering in addition to various other restaurants & chefs for several weeks of comforting meals.

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Feast for Good's First Patient!

Meet our Board of Directors

Kristi

Kristi Martin

FOUNDER / PRESIDENT

After a second chance at life post bone marrow stem cell transplant to treat acute myeloid leukemia, Kristi learned about the need in the cancer community to provide meal assistance. Having 24 years in the catering, events, and hospitality industries, she wanted to bring her professional and personal expertise together to serve up much needed support like she graciously received from friends in the local culinary community.

Martin Michaelson

VICE PRESIDENT
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Martin Michaelson

VICE PRESIDENT

Inspired by his wife's cancer diagnosis, Martin became a Cancer Certified Personal Trainer & founded Fight Back Performance & Recovery to assist those that have gone through cancer to build back strength & stamina. Aside from being a trainer, he has also been a 25-year veteran in Financial Services and held numerous roles in product management, strategy, and innovation.

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Marc

Marc Cassier

TREASURER

As a longtime hotel and corporate catering & events leader at companies like Westin, Hilton, Walt Disney Resorts, and Fairmont, Marc brings experience in running detailed logistics, budgets, and creative catering management solutions. Born and raised in Canada, he came to the USA to attend Michigan State where he still serves on the Board of the School of Hospitality Business.

Caroline Brown

SECRETARY
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Caroline Brown

SECRETARY

Over the past 10 years Caroline has worked in many parts of our food system, including farming, grocery, food service, events & hospitality. She got her start in the culinary community working with Founder, Kristi, at FEAST Food Tours as the company's 1st full-time employee. Watching Kristi's cancer recovery, she gained an appreciation for the importance of community support during treatment.

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Greg

Greg Tomasello

BOARD MEMBER

Greg brings over 20 years in Culinary Operations and Supply Chain & Logistics to the Board. Additionally, he spent 10 years as a Sr. Executive Chef for the largest group purchasing organization in the world. Having twice been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to him to insure those braving treatment have a daily chore removed from their shoulders. He currently lives in Raleigh with his wife, three children, & two dogs.

Partner with us

We have a secondary mission! We strive to have local culinary businesses benefit from our buying power AND we want the Charlotte community to support food & beverage businesses that support us. If you are an area chef, restaurant, brewery, coffee shop, bakery, culinary retail establishment, event/festival, etc. that wants to GIVE BACK to their community, please reach out so we can find ways to provide an outlet for others to Feast for Good!

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