The holiday season is often one of gluttony and excess. It’s a time of year that poses the question “How many pies can one person eat?” (If you’re me, the correct answer is all of them). But the spirit of the season isn’t only about indulgence, it’s also about giving back. And what better way to give back than with food?
In honor of #GivingTuesday, an annual event dedicated to charitable causes and contributions, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to lend a hand with a culinary bent.
Volunteer at a local food pantry.
What better way to start giving back than in your own backyard? Lend a hand in your local community by donating your time, money, or non-perishable goods to a neighborhood food pantry. Not sure where to begin? Use Food Finder, a safe and secure app that provides a map of locations in your area that provide services to food-insecure residents and families. Now you’ve got zero excuses for hoarding all those extra cans of creamed corn.
Donate your OpenTable points.
As of today, OpenTable, that convenient online provider of restaurant reservations, has given users the opportunity to give back. With the click of a button, members can donate dining points to No Hungry Kid, a campaign that provides meals to children struggling with hunger in America. Every 100 points donated provides a child in need with up to five healthy meals. OpenTable is also matching donations as well. So be sure to give back the next time you book a holiday gathering!
Who said carbo-loading and philanthropic support were mutually exclusive? New York City’s Hot Bread Kitchen runs a non-profit initiative that trains and educates immigrants and low-income women in the art of baking. Why not support their Baking Incubator Program by enjoying a delicious rye or challah loaf straight from their kitchen?
No, seriously. OneHope Wine is the brand you can feel good about buying. Half the proceeds go to charity and each variety of wine supports a different social cause, like education, healthcare, and veterans’ issue. We’ll drink to that!
Header image courtesy of OneHope Wine.