• February 15, 2014

What We Do

We provide a safe space for children of the vulnerable community Monte Chingolo. Our goal is to create a positive learning environment within which, children’s holistic development is the key focus.

Food For Thought has four key pillars….

Health & Nutrition

Nutritious food and a balanced diet are fundamental to good health and are essential to learning, social behaviour and cognitive development. We provide healthy meals combined with education around food and healthy hygiene habits.


Education drives sustainable social change within communities and we strongly believe that interaction and enjoyment are the keys to unlocking children’s learning. Primarily we educate through the arts, providing drama, art, music, yoga, healthy cooking, physical education, sustainable gardening, and recreation classes.

Social Inclusion

We work with children from many difficult backgrounds and circumstances. The children learn to respect themselves and support each other within this community context. We work closely with the families as to provide a holistic approach to the child’s integral development.

Environment and Sustainability

Teaching children about ecology, gardening, sustainability, and recycling, provides them with the tools to live more sustainable and healthy lives. We teach children to nurture and respect their local environment, which in return has a positive impact on their personal health.


To improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children through nutrition and creative educational activity.


To create, support and promote an environment where every child’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Why Are We Different

Our staff costs are covered by Social Opportunity Group – a social enterprise based in Oceania. With no administration costs, 100% of donations go towards food and education resources.

We aren’t some big faceless organization. Ben, Vale and the rest of the team work with the kids everyday, cooking meals and running classes. Follow along via our Instagram or Twitter feeds to see the tangible impact of your support.

We work directly with local communities, engaging everyone from age 5 to 75 to understand how we can best support them and build better opportunities for them in a sustainable and long-term way.


Help us to serve over 7800 healthy home-cooked meals a year and buy resources for our education program. Thank you for your support!


Over the years we have received volunteers from all over the world and they continue to play a crucial role in the running of Food For Thought.

We are always looking for an extra pair of hands – whether it’s to peal potatoes, teach a class or even help us with things like web design, fundraising and SEO. If you have a skill or passion that you think would help make F4T stronger – we’d love to hear from you!

Our Story


A primary school teacher and an actress. Born on opposite sides of the world. Brave enough to follow the same dream.

Many years ago in Madrid, Ben from New Zealand met Vale from Argentina and despite neither really speaking the other’s language, their friendship grew quickly. They both had observed first hand the impact of imbalance between the rich and the poor. They both had seen how disadvantaged communities continuously suffer from a cycle of poor quality education, non-existent social opportunity and unsustainably bad health habits. They both felt like it was time to take action.

So, they did. Ben and Vale agreed that the profits from Ben’s cafe in Melbourne would be diverted to a new social development program in Argentina: Food For Thought. On December 9th 2013, Food For Thought opened it’s doors and from humble beginnings the project has grown into a flourishing nutrition and education program, supporting over 30 young kids everyday.

Meet The Team

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Benjamin Whitaker
Co-Founder, Project Coordinator & Music Teacher


Valeria Taraborrelli
Co-Founder, Project Coordinator & Drama Teacher

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Justine Fayon
Project Coordinator & yoga teacher

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Soledad Arce
Art Teacher

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Cristina Mendoza
Project Grandmother & Chef


Jason Williams
Australian-based Chief Financial Officer.

Australian-based Logistics Manager


PLUS the people from all around the globe who support us by donating or volunteering.