An update! The votes are in, and we have a clear consensus: Food52 will support No Kid Hungry in 2017. In the next week, we’ll lay out a few initial plans for raising money for No Kid Hungry, and more will evolve over the course of the year—we’ll keep you posted as they do. Thanks so much for your part in steering our charitable giving!
—Amanda & Merrill
We’re happy to be back with more follow up on your feedback from our November letter. In addition to broadening the diversity of our content and team, you asked us to more clearly define our approach to charitable giving.
While we have made donations to various causes (like every year for the Holiday Swap or when we cooked to help in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts), we haven’t been particularly strategic in our focus. Last year, for instance, Edible Schoolyard became our de facto cause because it’s an organization that many on our team know and trust.
Starting now we’ll be putting even more thought and direction into our giving. We’ll choose one cause per calendar year and then contribute to this cause through various initiatives like events, product collaborations, and campaigns on-site. Who better to help select this organization than you, our Food52 Community?
We’ve heard from some of you already on the organizations you stand by, and we’ve gathered many of our own, too. For this inaugural year, a theme of hunger and food insecurity emerged from all of your suggestions and so we narrowed our list to focus on these issues.
Please take a look below, explore the links, and then cast your vote for one of the organizations on this list in the comments. Voting will close on March 15th—then we’ll announce the chosen organization and share our initial thoughts on this year’s events and initiatives that will involve donations.
—Amanda & Merrill