There is something super extra special nice about a gift that does double duty by pleasing the recipient, and then also doing good in the world. The following food-related gifts are not only sure to make the beneficiaries happy, but also benefit some very worthy charities. Stock up on a bunch and have them on hand when you need to pull out a hostess gift, a “secret Santa” present, or treat someone in your world to a little good karma love.
Foodie Gifts that Give Back 2020
Giving Good is a line of multi-store gift cards featuring a curated set of consumers’ favorite popular stores and restaurants. When consumers purchase a Giving Good Card, Blackhawk Network, Inc. will donate 3% of the purchase price of this card to the featured charity.
For instance, you might buy a $50 card that allows the recipient to choose to eat at The Cheesecake Factory, Bonefish Grill, or a few other restaurants, and 3% of the $50 would go to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization working together to connect people with food and end hunger.
As a long time board member of City Harvest, I was delighted to see that Chef Metal and City Harvest have joined forces to help put much needed food into the hands of NYC’s hungry. Simple clean City Harvest inspired wristbands feature your choice of 5 different messages from “#weareCityHarvest” to “it all started with a potato”. Choose your message of support and wear it with pride knowing you are helping your hungry neighbors. There are also rings and keychains available, and I’ve ordered mine.
In 2020 City Harvest will rescue over 100 million pounds of excess food which will feed 1.2 hungry New Yorkers. If you want to know more about City Harvest, click here.
I will never have too many spatulas in my kitchen, never ever, and to that end I am now collecting these amazing and fun spatulas from Williams Sonoma, created to benefit No Kid Hungry, the initiative created by Share Our Strength to make sure childhood hunger is eradicated in this country. Each spatula is designed by a celebrity from Ina Garten to Giada de Laurentiis to Dolly Parton to Misha Collins. They are endlessly cute. And check out the new tea towels as well!
Williams Sonoma has raised 10 million dollars for No Kid Hungry to date,enough to provide up to 100 million meals for kids in need. 30% of the retail price of the NKH products goes directly to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry.
To find out more about what No Kid Hungry and Share Our Strength does click here.
Did you know that Chuck’s brownies from God’s Love We Deliver are some of the most famous brownies in NYC?
Chuck is the longtime (17 years!) baker at GLWD, which is an organization that makes and delivers healthy and delicious meals to people who are too ill to shop and cook for themselves. Many people rely on this critical charity.
Back to those amazing brownies: they come in various sized boxes, but when in doubt, go for the 24-count box. These are truly some of the best brownies you will ever share.
To read more about the work of God’s Love We Deliver, click here.
If you know someone who loves food and loves jewelry, then you have found the perfect one-two punch of a gift. Whole foods are the star of this line of bracelets and necklaces, which come in sterling silver, 14K gold, and diamonds. Choose from ingredients like garlic, chicken, fish, lobster, avocado and carrots, plus a bunch more. Discover your “spirit food”: my sister lover her artichoke bracelet last year.
The company works with famous chefs, who pick their favorite hunger relief charity, and then Delicacies donates 10% of every purchase to hunger-relief organizations. One of their partners at this moment is El Renacer Del Mayab is a non-profit organization in Mérida, Yucatán, that serves a daily meal to local school children after school for the past 15 years.
During the holidays anyone who bakes uses a lot of vanilla… and what better than to buy vanilla that has great ripple effects? Native Vanilla sells ethically sourced Tahitian vanilla products and you can choose from beans, powders, extract, and even a very pretty kit to make your own extract from vanilla beans. The story behind this vanilla company is worth a read — a hanging scale started a company where a community in Papua New Guinea is now able to maintain a thriving, sustainable business that supports a village.