Our Story

Heart over Hunger was founded by Kaitlyn Leahy in 2017 with the goal of combating the hunger crisis by supporting food pantries financially. All profits are given directly to food pantries with hopes that families and individuals in need of food will be supported. 

I started Heart over Hunger for one reason: 11 million children are hungry in the United States. Children. When I first heard this statistic at fifteen I remember thinking to myself - why do I deserve to not be included in the 11 million? Why am I special? I knew the answer came down to one thing - I was lucky. And there was one other thing I knew: this answer wasn’t good enough. 

So I decided to do something about it. 

But If I’m being completely honest I had no clue what I was doing. I was jumping into completely foreign territory - creating a website, thinking up a business plan, designing t-shirts - all things I had never done before. So at fifteen I tackled it with one strategy and the only one I knew, trial and error. I made the website by spending hours google searching how to, hired an artist to design t-shirts with spare babysitting money, and got the idea for the name Heart over Hunger from the television show One Tree Hill. 

When it came to picking a donation site I decided we would start by sending our donations to St Vincent De Paul of Middletown, CT because I believed that in order to make a big impact it was necessary to start small and in my own community. 

Since Heart over Hunger’s launch on October 22nd, 2017 we have made it our mission to do everything we can to combat the hunger crisis. That is why we have and always will donate 100% of our profit to food pantries in need. 

We started small - a fifteen year old girl, a few ideas, and one incredibly supportive community - but we believe that together we can make a big impact. 

We have been published in both the Record Journal and the Middletown Press.