Each Read It & Eat box helps provide food to people in need
We Partner with different non-profits in Buffalo, NY to diversify our giving
Since our founding, we've partnered with over 10 different organizations to help fight hunger
Doing Good by Fighting Hunger
Did you know that the United Nations has listed Hunger as their second global goal to solve by 2030? "After decades of steady decline, the number of people who suffer from hunger – as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment – began to slowly increase again in 2015. Current estimates show that nearly 690 million people are hungry, or 8.9 percent of the world population – up by 10 million people in one year and by nearly 60 million in five years" (United Nations).
As of August 2022, we have had 8 donation recipients and we've donated roughly* the equivalent of 2,500 meals
*How We're Calculating Meals*
Both Feeding America and No Child Hunger use the general calculation that $1 can provide 10 meals to those in need. We recognize these are large organizations and we're a small business in Buffalo, but we want to do our part too! (Ref 1, Ref 2)
With every Blind Date with a Book, $3 per box is donated to a local Buffalo charity. With every Read It & Eat Box sold, $5 is donated to an identified partner. You can check out some of our recent collaborators below.
Please note, not every non-profit we work with specifically uses meals. There are tons of way you can fight hunger including building sustainable food systems, supporting local co-ops, and seed harvesting & preservation program.
The calculation is not perfect but we are serious about our mission to fight hunger!
For each October box sold, we donated a Bread-in-a-Box kit to I Grow Chicago. The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill-building, and opportunity.
The Non-Profit You're Supporting: Love Fridge Chicago
The Love Fridge is a Chicago-based initiative created to nourish our communities through mutual aid by offering solutions to food scarcity and food waste. Powered by kindness, generosity, and most importantly, love, we firmly believe that feeding oneself is not a privilege, but a right.
In my vlog (Click to the right) you can watch my journey to donate 70+ organic lemons all over Chicago!
🍨The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports FEED MORE WNY🍨
The Food Bank and Meals on Wheels are now FeedMore WNY.
They've come together to go further than plates and pantries. To put food on more tables. To provide companionship to more homebound neighbors. To inspire brighter futures for those who wish to provide for themselves.
This summer I was able to donate 50 jars of peanut butter to their Spread the Love peanut butter drive with the Ice Cream Box!
🍁The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports FEED🍁
FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.
With Feed, each Maple Box included the FEED 5 Bracelet.
"Available in an array of cheery hues, the FEED 5 Bracelet makes it easy to look good, while doing good. Although these bracelets are the perfect gift, we won’t tell if you end up keeping them all for yourself!"
🍸 The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports Friends of the Night People🍸
Friends of the Night People have served the people of Buffalo for over fifty years. Our mission is to provide food and necessities to address the effects and impact of poverty.
In October I was able to donate the first wave of canned goods to their new food pantry! I was able to donate 196 cans of beans so far and there's still plenty of time to make more donations!
You can read more about this in my blog post.
Did you know that the #2 Goal of the United Nations is Zero Hunger. To do so, the UN outlined multiple key targets under that goal and one focused entirely on food and seed diversity:
"2.5 By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed."
This is why I was SO inspired to create this fruit & seeds box and work with the African Heritage Food Co-Op. We can all do our part and plant some seeds this spring also learn how to harvest them ourselves and preserve this seeds!"
Our vision is to create a world where inner city “neighborhoods” can become Communities. Where NO ONE goes without HEALTHY AFFORDABLE food options. Most importantly a world in which we can create Ownership and employment opportunities IN and FOR the COMMUNITY.
Mission Pillars: Nourishment / Ownership / and Investing In "US"
☕ The Non-Profit Your Purchase Supports Field and Fork Network ☕
Field & Fork Network is a New York State nonprofit that connects communities to innovative solutions that foster a sustainable food system. I live only a quick drive away from Niagara Falls, so I am especially interested in the Niagara Falls Local Food Action Plan.
Healthy Food Healthy People began with a simple vision of having Niagara Falls residents understand the value of, be able to, and choose to eat healthy foods. Through the work done over the past several years with local leaders and institutions, it became clear that a cohesive plan of action for food access issues in Niagara Falls was needed.
Slice Out Hunger is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that has raised over $1.3M to fund hunger relief efforts around the US since 2009. Our founding principle was simple: use food donated by pizzerias to raise money for local hunger relief organizations.