UNC Researcher Starts "Buy One, Give One" Meal Company

Jul 5, 2018

Good Bowls was started by UNC Chapel Hill nutrition professor Alice Ammerman.
Credit Good Bowls

Many people are familiar with TOMS shoe company, which donates a pair of shoes for every one purchased. Now, a researcher in the Triangle is trying a similar business model with frozen meals.

Alice Ammerman is a nutrition professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at UNC-Chapel Hill. She’s piloting a program, called Good Bowls, that provides low-income people access to affordable frozen meals made with healthy ingredients.

“The bowls are made with a lot of sweet potatoes, collard greens and chicken. Things that are familiar to people who live in North Carolina,” Ammerman said.


Bowl prices are $4.99 with the option of paying $2 more or $2 less, depending on your economic situation. Selling more food bowls at the higher price makes more food bowls available at the lower price in low-income areas.


The bowls can be purchased with SNAP food benefits. Convenience stores in low-income areas identified as food deserts will carry only subsidized bowls at $2.99.


The subsidized, standard-price and higher-priced bowls are available at premium grocery stores like Weaver Street Market and Durham Food Co-op.