7 Food-Related Charities to Support on Giving Tuesday

Food insecurity is on the rise as schools and restaurants are closing their doors. Here's how to help. 
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November 09, 2020

The season of giving is once again upon us, and while we love holiday gifts as much as the next person, the greatest gift you can give is assistance to those who need it most. This Giving Tuesday, consider donating or getting involved with one of these food-related charities. From battling childhood hunger to improving working conditions for restaurant workers, there is a cause on this list that everyone can get behind. 

Not familiar with Giving Tuesday? Here you'll find a little background on this global movement, including when and how to get involved. 

What Is Giving Tuesday? 

Every year, just a few days after Black Friday, Giving Tuesday provides merry makers and savvy shoppers an opportunity to give to those in need. The movement was founded in 2012 as a "global generosity movement," in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. In 2019, an independent GivingTuesday broke out as its own organization. 

The movement is a united effort to give together on a single day. And giving doesn't have to look like dollars — although if you have the means that's alway encouraged. Give your time to community nonprofits (check out VolunteerMatch to find causes in your area). Give goods by organizing a donation drive for local food banks, community organizations, and more. Give advocacy by sharing the causes that are near and dear to you on social media. And finally, give kindness by simply sending someone a text, buying them lunch, or just being there for them.

In 2019, $1,970,000 were raised in the U.S. And that doesn't even include the countless acts of generosity that can't be measured in dollars. 

The mission is simple: A single day that encourages people to do good. Many organizations will launch campaigns and donation drives ahead of Giving Tuesday, so be on the lookout for information from organizations you follow. 

When Is Giving Tuesday 2020? 

GivingTuesday is always held on the Tuesday after Black Friday, which falls on Dec. 1 this year. The date is largely the same across all countries. 

7 Food-Related Charities to Support on Giving Tuesday

This year it is particularly important to give to food-related causes, as the pandemic has affected access to food for so many. Don't know where to start? Here are some of our favorite food-related charities you can donate to on Giving Tuesday. 

1. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 

You may know St. Jude as the children's research hospital that promises to never charge a family for anything, including treatment, travel, housing, or food. What you may not know is their word-class chefs are committed to providing the patients with food that both meet the nutritional needs of the patients and puts a smile on their faces.

By donating to St. Jude, you're not only fighting to end childhood cancer and other diseases, but you're also helping these children get the nourishment they need, at no cost to their families.

This year, Allrecipes is proud to be partner in the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, which encourages consumers to donate to a cause as they shop throughout the holiday season.

2. World Central Kitchen 

This non-governmental organization provides chef-prepared meals to communities around the world (45 million meals to date!). WCK's Chef Relief Team mobilizes to the front lines of disaster-affected areas to provide meals to those impacted. In addition to providing food, WCK also provides culinary training and job opportunities. 

In response to COVID-19, WCK launched a #ChefsForAmerica campaign which has provided over 30 million meals in over 400 cities to date. Through this campaign WCK has partnered with restaurants to help meet the demand, keeping staff employed and restaurants in business. 

3. GENYOUth 

Former Top Chef judge and The Chew co-host Carla Hall spoke with Allrecipes Homemade Podcast host Marty Duncan about her involvement with GENYOUth: "...what they're doing right now is really helping these 53 million kids get their school lunches because 30 million kids still depend on these meals from school," says Hall. 

GENYOUth works to provide grants for schools of up to $3,000 to assist them in providing resources for meal distribution. As Hall said, 30 million students still rely on schools for meals daily.

As a result of the pandemic, 1 in 4 students in the U.S. is now living in food security, an increase from 1 in 7 prior to the pandemic. It is more crucial than ever to support GENYOUth's work. 

Donate: GENYOUth

4. No Kid Hungry 

Share Our Strength, a nonprofit that works to solve problems of hunger and poverty, started the No Kid Hungry campaign in 2010. Their mission is to end childhood hunger in the United States through relief programs, food skills and nutrition education, and political advocacy. 

In response to the pandemic, No Kid Hungry is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to maintain a map that helps families identify food assistance resources. You can support this innovative work by donating through the link below. 

Pastry chef Duff Goldman spoke with Allrecipes Homemade Podcast Martie Duncan about biking 300 miles to raise money for No Kid Hungry through Chef's Cycle: "I mean, I've made friends through Chef's Cycle that I still have," says Goldman.  

5. Meals on Wheels

What started in 1954 as a small group of Philadelphia citizens delivering food to seniors in their community has now grown into a nationwide organization that serves over 2.4 million seniors in nearly every community. Fifty-eight percent of home-delivered meal recipients live alone, meaning the person delivering their meal might be the only person they see in a given day. 

The organization operates through over 5,000 independently-run local programs, allowing them to reach the specific needs of the seniors in their community. And with seniors being one of the most vulnerable groups amid the pandemic, Meals on Wheels is busier than ever: They are now serving 47 percent more seniors than they were on March 1. 

6. Feeding America

Feeding America is made up of a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries that serve 1 in 7 Americans, making it the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. How do they manage this? By using surplus food to feed those in need: "In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it's almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry," -- Feeding America

Take a look at their innovative "Map the Meal Gap" tool which looks at food security and food cost on a hyper-local level. Find a food bank near you to get involved, or donate through the link below. 

7. Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Action

It's no secret that working conditions for restaurant staff can and should be improved. ROC Action works to fight against the powerful restaurant lobby to improve wages and working conditions for the nation's 14 million restaurant workers. 

As our essential workers continue to work through a global pandemic, ROC Action fights to provide restaurant workers the protections they deserve. 

Donate: ROC Action