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Meet Becky Rosaler of Outside the Bowl in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Becky Rosaler.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Becky. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Looking at my bookshelf at home, it’s not surprising that I’ve ended up at an international, faith-based nonprofit. One title that stands out is “How to Land and International Job” which I picked up while visiting the United Nations in New York City after college. While many might think government or business when considering an international career, my heart has always been for helping people. It was early on in my career that I learned the best way to do so is to walk alongside locals and empower them to change situations and circumstances in their countries.

As a San Diego native, my junior high years were spent crossing the border to help people in Tijuana. When I was in high school, I set out to be an exchange student choosing Australia because they spoke English. And during college, I studied abroad in Central America, Europe, and Israel. I pursued a certificate in permaculture and headed to the Philippines as a practical way to apply my bachelor’s degree in environmental biology.

While in the Philippines, I was looking for that confirmation to move overseas. Rather, as the holidays approached my plans turned into heading home to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years and then figure out my first job after graduating.

Looking at my resume it appears like there is a lack of focus. I like to think, the right contacts, experience, and connections were being made to lead to my next step. From being a science instructor at the Ocean Institute to running the young adults group at North Coast Church to overseeing marketing and events for Plant With Purpose, the right next step seemed to be stepping into the development director role at Outside the Bowl.

While I was growing in my understanding of nonprofit work, Jae and Debra Evans had moved from Carlsbad to South Africa to invest in the Xhosa kiddos. They saw the impact that hunger and malnutrition were having on young children with it stunting their ability to grow both physically and cognitively. They engineered a way to get affordable, nutritious food to those who needed it most which laid the foundation for what has become Outside the Bowl.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Surprisingly, my road to Outside the Bowl has been fairly smooth. I’ve patiently learned skills in jobs where I might not have seen a long-term future. With each role, I took on different responsibilities that equipped me to produce galas, create content, solicit donations, and communicate care to international team members. It seems like a beautiful thread has woven my experiences together with each new chapter building on the previous.

Please tell us about Outside the Bowl.
Outside the Bowl basically manufactures hot, nutritious meals in impoverished urban areas around the world. We construct what are called Super Kitchens which can cook up to 6,000 meals a day. These meals are then sold (at a fraction of the cost of anything else on the market) and distributed to more than 300 feeding partners that include orphanages, community centers, schools, and churches.

These organizations save somewhere between 30-70% on their food budgets. The meals offer convenience and free up teachers to teach or pastors to create community. We often hear that the kids who eat our meals become healthier and their grades improve. While meals meet a physical need, what happens outside of the bowl is what makes me smile. It is evident that these kids feel safe and cared for, they are known and loved.

One thing that sets us apart is that our operations are smart. We run as a social enterprise trying to make the biggest impact on the communities where we operate. All our facilities are run by locals which means we’re creating jobs in places like Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I count it such an honor to support others in pursuing their dreams.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Floating down the Merced River surrounded by pine trees and the granite outcroppings that make up the cathedral of Yosemite Valley is one of my favorite memories from childhood.

I grew up going on family camping trips in our 70s RV complete with goldenrod and brown paneling. Those bike rides, hikes, and nights under the stars cultivated my heart for nature and the environment.

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Limelife Photography, Hepburn Creative, Noelle Marie Photography

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