Our goal at My Phone Feeds Kids is to help as many people as possible by empowering YOU to impact the world. We believe it should be easy to make a difference and connect with other people who do too. Our platform demonstrates how your individual actions matter while showing how together we can accomplish more. We are committed to bringing you unorthodox and practical tools to help you improve our world. Learn more below.
Who we are
My Phone Feeds Kids is a social enterprise started by Luke Justin Roberts, a former mechanical engineering student who left the PhD program at the University of Maryland to follow his dream of changing the world by empowering people and creating art. Luke worked with his dad to build the app and learn marketing from the ground up. Both are driven by a passion to make a difference in the world. Luke also makes music videos on his YouTube channel Luke Justin Roberts.
Where the money goes
My Phone Feeds Kids currently supports the Maryland Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hunger-relief organization that partners with communities across the state of MD to distribute food to individuals and families in need. The food bank has created many programs aimed at meeting the immediate needs of Marylanders while also working to find long-term ways to reduce hunger statewide. They have been around since 1979 and distribute more than 112,000 meals per day via 1250 food pantries throughout MD. That’s more than 41 million meals annually!
My Phone Feeds Kids gives specifically to the MD Food Bank’s Weekend Survival Kit Program, which gives backpacks full of food to children who don’t have reliable housing and are dependent on free and reduced lunches throughout the school year. The backpacks have enough food to get them through the weekend and a little more and the meals don’t need to be prepared or stored in a kitchen. Last year this program provided meals to 100 kids during the school year.
We use nonprofits’ websites and publicly available financial information along with Charity Navigator to vet their organizations. Charity Navigator is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that rates nonprofits by looking at their financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting (aka, how well they use their money). You can read more about how they do this by clicking this link:
If there’s a particular cause you would like us to support, please tell us about it using this contact form.
If there is a particular nonprofit you would like to see us support, please let us know using this contact form.
Using the app
Looking for your referral code? It’s right at the bottom of the impact screen in the app.
While you don’t have to refer anyone, the more you refer, the faster your impact will grow. Plus, social media makes it easy. Just post a picture of you wearing your shirt through the app to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. and encourage people to sign up using your referral code.
Don’t have a referral code to enter when getting your shirt? Try to find a friend or someone online (on Facebook, on a blog, etc.) who has made their referral code public. If you can’t find one, just use 10 (that’s Luke’s referral code). 🙂
How much goes to My Phone Feeds Kids?
7% + credit card processing fees (2.5% + $0.30 per transaction) goes to MPFK to keep the lights on. Users have the option to cover these credit card fees if they wish so that more goes to the nonprofit to feed kids (most choose this option during checkout).