Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, the holiday shopping season is rushing in like a flurry of dollar bills. And while it might magnify consumer greed and materialism, don’t worry—there’s still some good going on. Today, November 29, is Giving Tuesday, a global movement focused on the gift of giving. It emulates what Thanksgiving was all about in the first place: good company, good food, and community. Driven by social media, #GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and has since become a worldwide celebration. Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Most food banks and charities have sponsors that match donations made on this day. As a result, these organizations are able to feed even more people in their communities. How awesome is that?
In the midst of holiday shopping, consider donating to one of these food charities. Just a few bucks can go a long way. Everyone deserves a delicious meal, after all.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (Sparta, New Jersey)
On #GivingTuesday, every dollar given to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey will be doubled up to $25,000 by an anonymous donor. Each dollar will equal 10 meals.
Food Bank For New York City
Aside from food distribution, Food Bank for New York City also offers nutrition programs and income support across all five boroughs. One dollar will yield five meals.
SF-Marin Food Bank
San Francisco is home to one of the fastest growing homeless populations in the country. But with connections at 250 different food pantries around the Bay Area, SF-Marin Food Bank hands out $5 worth of food for every dollar donated.
Gleaners Food Bank (Indianapolis, Indiana)
A mere $5 donation to Gleaners Food Bank provides one child with a collection of 10 nutritious items called a BackSack. Donations made on Tuesday will be a part of this year's #BackSackChallenge to give out 10,000 BackSacks. The first 3,600 will be matched by Sandor Development up to $18,000.
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh, North Carolina)
With the help of companies such as Delta Airlines, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be double donations on #GivingTuesday up to $40,000. This means that one dollar will provide ten meals instead of five.
Capital Area Food Bank (Maryland, Virginia, DC)
For the Capital Area Food Bank, each dollar serves five meals to the hungry in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC areas. Safelite AutoGlass will match every donation up to $10,000.
Thanks to Care.org, you can stretch your dollars even further—literally. This Atlanta-based organization works to fight poverty in 95 countries around the world, focusing on hungry children and women. On #GivingTuesday, donations will be tripled. And until December 31, every dollar will be matched up to $1 million.