Around this time of year you’ve probably finished up the last bits of the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. You’ve probably finished a good deal of your shopping, too, between Black Friday, the long weekend, and Cyber Monday. And, that leads us to today, #GivingTuesday. It’s a day to give back, to help out your local community, and to make a difference. We’ve gathered together some of our favorite places, charities, and organizations that you could celebrate #GivingTuesday by donating.
Community Plates: Community Plates focuses on finding ways to rescue food from local markets, shops, and restaurants, then delivering them to soup kitchens and pantries. Their mission is to wipe out hunger across Fairfield County and throughout America. A donation of $25 helps to rescue 200 meals, but for today a generous donor has agreed to match your donation, so that $25 will be doubled and you’ll help to rescue 400 meals! Donate here.
Connecticut Farmland Trust: According to Connecticut Farmland Trust, they have helped protect over 3,100 acres of farmland since 2002. With the purchase of the farm land, the CFT makes it easier for family farms to buy and keep their land. It also prevents businesses from coming in, purchasing the farms, and using it for anything except agriculture. Donate here.
Connecticut Food Bank: The CT Food Bank provides food and meals to more than 650 soup kitchens, shelters, and pantries throughout Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham Counties in Connecticut. Donate here.
The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County: They provide food to over 70 non-profit agencies and organizations throughout Lower Fairfield County. The FBLFC not only gives food and meals to soup kitchens, and food pantries, but also to child care programs, homeless shelters, safe houses, and rehabilitation programs. Donate here.
New Covenant House of Hospitality: They are the only soup kitchen in the Greater Stamford area, providing three meals a day to the hungry and food-insecure. In addition, they run a food pantry, providing people with bagged groceries to help people and families have food to eat on a daily basis. Donate here.
Operation Hope: Operation Hope is giving hope back to people in Fairfield by providing shelter, food, and even a chance at affordable housing. OH not only feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless, but gives people skills and the means to be successful and have a home. Donate here.
Person-to-Person: This Darien and Norwalk based organization is run by volunteers and helps people who lack food, shelter, clothing, and the basic necessities of life. Person-to-Person is also a vital resource for people and families who face emergency situations and crises. Donate here.