After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday comes a day that hopes to focus the orgy of spending on charitable causes: Giving Tuesday (or, if you prefer, #GivingTuesday — yes, that's the officially trademarked and sanctioned name). Today is the second annual #GivingTuesday, and with that in mind, here are some suggestions of food-related nonprofits that you might want to consider adding to your list. (FYI: in one case, the cost of helping starts as low as a Facebook "Like.")
This list is just a start; if you work with or support another local organization, feel free to add their info in the comments section below.
· Restaurant Opportunities Center of Philadelphia: The group works to protect the rights and improve the lives of restaurant workers, a segment of the labor force that is particularly vulnerable to being under-compensated, overworked, and exploited. (One reason you may recognize the name is the ROC's work to aid displaced and out-of-work restaurant employees in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.)
· Greensgrow Farms: in addition to their for-profit endeavors, Greensgrow has implemented community-centered initiatives like the SNAP Box program. The low-income CSA program provides reduced-cost CSA boxes to SNAP beneficiaries, providing plenty of fresh produce (along with the know-how to prepare it) to families that often have limited access to fresh foods.
· The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger: The Coalition supports food banks around the region, helps eligible Pennsylvanians apply for SNAP benefits, and works at the policy level to improve laws and benefit programs affecting those in need.
· Philabundance: The work Philabundance does to feed people all over the Delaware Valley probably needs no introduction. But check out their website for a few #GivingTuesday-only ways to give. Print out a coupon to bring to Chickie's and Pete's and they'll donate 15% of your tab, or just head over to Facebook: Sb1 credit union will donate $1 for every new Like given to Philabundance's page today.
· The Food Trust: The Food Trust runs many of the farmer's markets around the region, as part of their effort to bring fresh, local food into underserved areas. (They even helped implement the Philly Food Bucks program to help SNAP recipients get even more for their money.) But they also work in schools, corner stores, and other venues to improve the quality and choice of foods available to all parts of the city and many outlying areas.