THE COURAGEOUS CLASS Q&A: Topaz Page-GreenShare
Topaz Page-Green, model turned activist and founder of The Lunchbox Fund
How do you LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD?
I have witnessed firsthand the power of nutrition to fuel and motivate us, so I am very conscious of what I put into my body. I avoid meat, processed foods, sugars and dairy and when I do consume animal products, like eggs, I always make sure they’re from cage-free, humanely raised chickens. I work to maintain a healthy immune system with supplements like grapefruit seed extract and a lot of water.
What people and/or events inspired you to do the work you do today?
There are a number of people close to me who have served as mentors throughout my life, but as a South African, Nelson Mandela will always serve as the ultimate role model. His immeasurable impact on the nation has inspired me to affect change in every way I can as well.
What’s your proudest accomplishment?
The fact that I get to play a role in feeding 13,000 children a day is something I am grateful to be currently accomplishing. I’m also very excited about Feedie, the proprietary mobile app we launched in 2013 where users can share a photo of their food at a participating restaurant, which will in turn donate a meal to a child in need. It’s gratifying to capitalize on the world’s obsession with social media in order to do good.
What is some advice you have for people trying courageously to change the world?
Set realistic expectations, but maintain an ambitious vision. Even if you know that you eventually want to help a million people, don’t expect for it to happen in an instant. I always knew I wanted The Lunchbox Fund to feed millions of children, but I told myself I would’ve accomplished something major even if I just fed 100. I reached that milestone quickly, which motivated me to keep going—and I’ve since surpassed the 10,000+ child mark too.
How has adversity shaped who you are today?
I have always had to fight hard for what I’ve wanted. Things never really came easy. As such, I’ve developed certain sensitivities through my varying tribulations that I am grateful for. I will never be a bystander because it’s simply not in my DNA to witness others suffering and not be compelled to help. It gives me purpose and direction in life, which I value tremendously.
How does your past experience as a surfer play into your success as a humanitarian?
It’s helpful with publicizing the organization and its mission and helping to drive measurable impact.
What is a defining moment that helped you realize your passion for the work of the Lunchbox Fund?
I don’t need a defining moment. Anytime I see a little person with a plate of food in front of him or her, everything is realized over and over again.
What are ways that other members of The Courageous Class can get involved with the Lunchbox Fund?
The easiest way to get involved is to download Feedie. There are participating restaurants in a number of cities, enacting social change with a tap of the finger. We also list volunteer opportunities on our website, thelunchboxfund.org. You can also visit us on our Instagram channels, @wethefeedies, @thelunchboxfund and @topaztallis for information on opportunities and events.