F.E.A.S.T. is a Global Community Offering Support, Education, and Empowerment to Families of People Affected by Eating Disorders
We are here because we have been there! F.E.A.S.T. is an international non-profit organization of and for parents and caregivers of loved ones affected by eating disorders. Our free programs and services offer families much needed support, information, skills, and tools to help them on their journey. F.E.A.S.T. is about parents helping parents, about paying it forward, and about being there for families at a time when they need us the most.
This community knows the hope and the tragedy of these dangerous brain disorders. We also know the heroic power of families: parents and siblings and sufferers and recovered people. We know the power of caregiving, of loving support, of skilled clinicians, and of applying the emerging science to improve outcomes.
F.E.A.S.T. started back in 2007, formally, when we became a recognized nonprofit. In April of 2009, our organization successfully achieved 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the U.S. I.R.S., a designation that is recognized internationally as an indication of legitimate management and practice.
OUR NAME stands for: Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders. But you can just call us F.E.A.S.T.
Our MISSION STATEMENT set our course as an organization:
F.E.A.S.T. is an International non-profit organization of and for caregivers of loved ones suffering from eating disorders.
F.E.A.S.T.’s Mission is to support caregivers by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.
F.E.A.S.T. is the only global community focused on empowering parents as caregivers and advocates and promoting evidence-based treatment of eating disorders. We are inclusive of many kinds of families with a wide range of experiences, and we are strong believers in family inclusion in treatment. We believe in educating and teaching skills to parents because we believe patients deserve that support and thrive when their homes and communities support them. We believe all eating disorder diagnoses are treatable to full health. We believe treatment and treatment providers should be guided by evidence and ongoing training and we celebrate the eating disorder specialists who support our families.
F.E.A.S.T. began as the only international eating disorder non-profit organization of parents supporting parents, and we remain so.
We are so glad you found us. We look forward to supporting your family and then helping you support others.
Facts About F.E.A.S.T.
F.E.A.S.T. is a nonprofit incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the US. but we operate globally to benefit all families around the world.
Our EIN in the US is 26-4706974.
Our Virginia Incorporation documentation, IRS Determination Letter, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation are all available on request.
For more information on our incorporation please see our Guidestar Listing
By the numbers:
7 Board members from 4 countries
50 active volunteers, and growing
10,000+ on our supporter list from 70 countries
Two dozen advisors
Eight conferences held in three countries so far