Global Activism: Sharing meals and cultures, too

February 7, 2013

Worldview

Chicagoan Jason Savsani believes that sharing a home cooked meal with someone is one of the most intimate things you can do. For Global Activism, Jason will tell us how eating and sharing tales from their respective homelands inspired him to create “Meal Sharing,” to help people eat healthier, waste less and break down cultural barriers.

For Jason, a magical night in Cambodia inspired the idea:

"What solidified the idea to create Meal Sharing was while I was traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I had the unique opportunity to be hosted by a Cambodian family for a meal in their home.  It was such a magical experience to be in their home...The best part of the evening was when the host busted out his Casio keyboard and played some classical Cambodian songs.

Another important component to Meal Sharing is our drive to bring awareness to the current food situation. Growing up in an Indian home, I was always eating wholesome home-cooked Indian meals.  There was always a disjunct between home cooking and food in restaurants/fast food.  Home-Cooked was always healthier and a more meaningful experience.  In my adulthood, I came to a sad juncture where I was constantly eating out and becoming increasingly unhealthy.  My excuse was “I am too busy to cook”, like a fair amount of people around the world.  This logic only led me down an unhealthy path and perpetuated mindless eating.  Since Meal Sharing, I have cooked more at home, eaten out a lot less, and meet many wonderful people around the world. 

Meal Sharing's goal in the next few years is to have more hosts around the world then the top 3 major fast food restaurants locations.  That would really say something if we succeed.  That the world stood up and said, "I would rather trust my neighbor for food, then a major food corporation".  With enough people Meal Sharing, we will have people eating healthier, wasting less, all while breaking down cultural barriers."