Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings we receive throughout the year. This giving Tuesday, November 30th is an opportunity to pay it forward. Giving doesn’t always have to be financial – volunteering your skills is also a way to support communities where you live and work.
Many of us have witnessed first-hand the recent rise in homelessness. Throughout the nation, including in our home base of Atlanta, there are people on every corner, filling up homeless shelters. They are in desperate need of food. The pandemic has made this problem worse.
Every year, approximately 108 billion pounds of food is thrown away in the United States. Meanwhile, one in seven Americans face food insecurity and hunger. Often, that food is feeding landfills instead of the people who need it.
This November, we would like to highlight a wonderful organization working to solve this problem. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a non-profit food rescue organization dedicated to rescuing excess food, that would otherwise be thrown away, from restaurants, caterers, and other businesses. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine’s mission is to eliminate food waste in our communities, to make food rescue sustainable, and to make hunger a thing of the past. With a branch in Atlanta, they work tirelessly to save nutritious food and deliver it to homeless shelters.
GlobalGiving is matching any financial donations to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine by 50% on Giving Tuesday (November 30th).
You can donate to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine here, or you can sign up to volunteer as a food rescuer here.
This Giving Tuesday, I encourage you to give in any way you can. Please donate to or volunteer with worthy organizations such as Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to help make our community a better place and to improve the lives of thousands of people.