After the flurry of Thanksgiving and Black Friday passes, it might feel like we’re being thrust back into the holiday season right away, with wish lists to fill and trees to decorate. But before filling up your shopping cart, consider making a donation, if you can, to a worthy cause as part of Giving Tuesday.
The event began in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Officially, Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, it falls on December 1, when you’re encouraged to donate what you can to important causes and nonprofits: time, money, or simply raising awareness.
Many companies will also make monetary donations or match donations in honor of giving Tuesday. So far, Facebook has pledged to match $7 million in qualifying donations and you can see if your employer participates in donation matching here. We’ll be sure to update this post as additional organizations get involved in donation matching, too.
We’ve listed some of our favorite food and hunger-related causes and non-profits below for your consideration this Giving Tuesday. And since Black Friday has been extended all November long, who says Giving Tuesday can’t be extra long, too? These causes deserve your attention on Giving Tuesday and far beyond.
The AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger campaign focuses on the 10 million seniors currently at risk of hunger.
Action Against Hunger
This organization helps those facing hunger in more than 45 countries and has done so for the last 40 years. They also spend $0.93 of every donated dollar on their programs.
Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
This network aims to address food insecurity in Detroit’s Black community by giving community members active leadership roles in advancing food justice through urban farming projects and policy development.
Feeding America is the U.S.’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. It’s comprised of a network of more than 200 food banks around the country and feeds more than 46 million people each year.
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans
This foundation aims to provide financial support to food or beverage businesses that are majority-owned by Black or Indigenous people to help them be successful and resilient now and post-COVID-19.
Meals on Wheels
The program helps to provide meals to seniors who have had physical declines, financial hardships, or other issues that leave them vulnerable to hunger.
This organization helps to strengthen communities and set them up to withstand challenges such as food insecurity and hunger, as well as water sanitation, financial inclusion, and more.
No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry is fighting childhood hunger with programs like summer meals, school breakfasts, and more.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
This organization provides cash assistance to restaurant workers and other service employees who have been financially affected as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
They are donating to non-profits that benefit restaurant workers, giving zero-interest loans to restaurants, as well as financial relief to workers directly.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
This collection of charities has specific missions by locations, but overall focuses on helping families with ill or injured children stay together while they receive medical care by providing housing, food, and more.
Soul Fire Farm
This is a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-centered community farm in Upstate New York committed to equity in access to land, sustenance, and power in the food system.
The Hunger Project
This is a strategic organization that aims to end hunger and poverty via sustainable, women-centered strategies, investing in people to create solutions.
The Okra Project
This collective provides free meals to Black trans people experiencing food insecurity. They pay Black trans chefs to go into the homes of Black trans people in need to make them a healthy and home-cooked meal.
World Central Kitchen
This non-profit was founded by José Andrés and sets up community kitchens and food relief where it’s needed most. This has included everything from serving food to hurricane victims to those quarantined on cruise ships to those waiting in line to vote.
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