I believe we were all placed on Earth with talents that we are meant to share with others. Here I keep a running list of philanthropic opportunities that are food-focused. Please send me an email to let me know about any others I should include!Love, Lindsay
Cookies for Kids Cancer: This organization raises funds for research to develop new, improved & less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. You can buy cookies through their site or organize your own bake sale fundraiser!
For Goodness Cakes: Volunteer to make a birthday cake and hand-deliver it to foster children and at-risk youth.
18reasons: A San Francisco-based nonprofit cooking school on a mission to empower our community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day.
Loyale Studio: This woman and minority-owned company offers eco-friendly and ethically-made kitchen linens. As a commitment to the culinary community, 5% of sales are donated to La Cocina and Kitchen Table Advisors. Check out their Linens for Good Initiative and nominate somebody who has positively impacted your life.
Meals on Wheels– A nationwide network of community-based, non-profit programs dedicated to providing seniors in their communities with the support that enables them to remain living in their own homes, where they want to be. This support is typically a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a quick safety check.
Food Runners– Donate food, time, or money to this organization helping to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste in San Francisco. Food Runners is currently delivering over 17 tons of food a week that would otherwise be thrown away. They provide enough food for over 20,000 meals every week in San Francisco.
Depressed Cake Shop: A traveling pop-up selling sweet treats that have been designed to create conversation about mental health.
In the era of coronavirus…
For Goodness Bakes: Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, King Arthur Flour launched a community aid program called For Goodness Bake, in which King Arthur Flour directly purchases bread and other baked foods from its customers and distributes the products to food pantries, homeless populations, unemployed foodservice workers, and others who need it. This helps local bakeries stay in business while providing resources to those in need. I cannot find a direct way to donate to this program but this is a plug to support their business! I only buy King Arthur for the quality of their products, their Baker’s Hotline, and their commitment to community.
Stay In Cook Out E-cookbook: The proceeds from this e-cookbook go to the Bay Area restaurants struggling through this pandemic. I purchased this book and already made the rhubarb galette from Chez Panisse!
Off Their Plate: Donate or volunteer at this non-profit which orders food from local restaurants and delivers it to healthcare workers and communities in crisis during this pandemic.
Black Lives Matter
Bakers Against Racism: A Worldwide Virtual Bake Sale
June 15 – 20, 2020
“A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.”