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Eater Readers’ Favorite Food-Focused Charities

From the Editor: Everything you missed in food news last week

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This post originally appeared on December 14, 2019, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.


Last week, I shared a few of my favorite food charities and asked everyone to send me theirs. I’m listing them here. Hopefully, while you’re out there perusing all those wonderful food-themed gift guides, you take some time to give back to these great organizations.

- “MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, focuses its work on advocacy for vital federal food programs. Food pantries do wonderful work, but they do not come close to the reach of programs such as SNAP, WIC, and others. As the current administration continues slashing these vital programs, MAZON’s work is ever more important.” — Robin (also rec’d by many others!)

- “My favorite food charity, in the eastern MA/Greater Boston area, is Community Cooks. The group organizes teams of individuals, and ... each team member cooks part of a meal, once a month, that together can feed many people.” — Ann

- “Giving Kitchen is one of my favorite charities, and I’d like to see them grow nationwide to support our foodservice workers in crisis ... This industry is one that currently fosters unhealthy living conditions, including the lack of support for mental health, addiction, and sexual harassment. The Giving Kitchen provides assistance to foodservice workers that experience these types of crises and we need more resources like this for the food industry!” — Julie

- “Georgia Organics works daily in Georgia to connect families to healthy, local food from small and organic farms.” — Jeff

- “My favorite food charity is Common Threads. It was founded by Art Smith in Chicago 15 years ago and teaches cooking skills and nutrition education to youth and families in at-risk communities.” — Geoff

Also recommended: Sustainable Food Center, Emma’s Torch, City Harvest, Grow NYC, Edible Schoolyard, World Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry, and Blue Watermelon Project.

Go spend that money!


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