During Thanksgiving of 2014, the Foundation made its first grant to Edesia, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island. These funds were raised by a number of dedicated contributors who ran the 2014 Boston Marathon in memory of Lu Lingzi.
Edesia is a unique non-profit organization that manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods (RUFs) in order to help treat and prevent malnutrition in the world's most vulnerable populations. In 2018, the Foundation made an additional grant to Edesia to help further this important mission.
Edesia is the Roman goddess of food and plentiful banquets. Lingzi spent her first Thanksgiving in Rhode Island with her aunt and uncle and embraced the spirit of generosity and thanks of our holiday.