I sent a box of what I thought was inspired goodies to Mabel, in New York City. It was a challenge for me, working me out of my comfort zone! She's a much healthier, cleaner eater than I am (and wish I was...) so I had to think hard about what to send. I sent Snap Pea Crisps (a "healthy" alternative to chips); Red Quinoa from my favorite store, Wegmans; Next Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Walnuts; Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Spread; Justin's Almond Nut Butter packets (portable and delicious!); and two packets of my spice blends - Italian and Mexican (salt & additive free!) I included a porridge recipe for the quinoa, along with one of my food photos for a card.
I've enjoyed the experience and I think you will too - so why not give it a go? Check out The Lean Green Bean's website for how to get involved. Overall, it's a great thing to try, allowing you to expand your foodie horizons, meet new people and find other blogs and bloggers (and even get some new readers!)
Here's Lindsay, of the Lean Green Bean's details on what the Foodie Pen Pal Exchange is all about:
Foodie Penpal Sign Up FormSound like fun? If you’re a US or Canadian resident please click the link below to fill out the form:
You must submit this form by 9pm EST on the 4th of the month to be guaranteed a spot. If you fill it out between 9pm and 11:59pm EST, you may or may not be included depending on when I have time to start working on matchups. If you fill it out on the 5th of the month, you won’t be able to start until the next month.
***If you don’t hear from me within 48, please let me know through my contact page, or tweet me! If you submit your info via the form, you WILL get a response if I receive it. If you don’t get a response, please follow up as there may have been a technical glitch**
Foodie Penpals Terms & Conditions
“By signing up to participate in Foodie Penpals, you are hereby agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
-Condition 1: You will contact the person you are matched with withing 72 hours of receiving your match to discuss dietary needs, allergies and food preferences.
-Condition 2: You will make an effort to meet the dietary needs of your pen pal- ie not sending animal products to vegans, dairy products if your match tries to avoid dairy or junk food if they ask for healthy snacks.
-Condition 3: You will mail your box by the 15th of the month. It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase delivery confirmation/get a tracking number for your package. It is very inexpensive and can be used to prove that you sent your package in the event that it gets lost.
If your match does not receive a package for the month, you will receive a warning. If it happens two months in a row, you will no longer be able to participate in the program
-Condition 4: In the event that you do not receive a package, Lindsay and The Lean Green Bean blog cannot be held accountable. By agreeing to participate in FPP, we cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive a package. The mail gets lost occasionally and your partner may fail to deliver.
-Condition 5: Using the foodie penpals email list to send out personal or spam emails promoting your blog, giveaways, etc is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Doing so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program as it is a violation of the other participants’ privacy.
Failure to comply with these terms and conditions is grounds for dismissal from the Foodie Penpals Program.”