15 Causes You Should Support This Giving Tuesday And Beyond

From fighting hunger to supporting restaurant workers.

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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.

AARP

The AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger campaign focuses on the 10 million seniors currently at risk of hunger.

DONATE TO THE AARP FOUNDATION


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.

DONATE TO ACTION AGAINST HUNGER


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.

DONATE TO THE DBCFSN


Feeding America

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.

DONATE TO FEEDING AMERICA


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.

DONATE TO THE JBF FOOD AND BEVERAGE INVESTMENT FUND FOR BIPOC AMERICANS


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.

DONATE TO MEALS ON WHEELS


Mercy Corps

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.

DONATE TO MERCY CORPS


No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry is fighting childhood hunger with programs like summer meals, school breakfasts, and more.

DONATE TO NO KID HUNGRY


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.

DONATE TO ONE FAIR WAGE EMERGENCY FUND


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.

DONATE TO RESTAURANT WORKERS' COMMUNITY FOUNDATION


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.

DONATE TO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES


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.

DONATE TO SOUL FIRE FARM


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.

DONATE TO THE HUNGER PROJECT


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.

DONATE TO THE OKRA PROJECT


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.

DONATE TO WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN


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