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.
Ashley Hart and Amy Strife of Book-a-Cook
The idea behind Book-a-Cook is pretty simple. You check out their site, describe the kind of chef or cooking experience you’re looking for, then they match you up with the perfect chef. Then, you book the cook and the chef will meet you at your house or wherever you are and prepare your meal.
And, after being in business for about a year, owners Ashley Hart and Amy Strife have decided to give back this holiday season by preparing an amazing Thanksgiving meal for over fifty people at Fairfield’s Operation Hope soup kitchen today. The meal will include locally sourced ingredients and will be a feast for those who struggle with food insecurity on a daily basis.
On the menu is Citrus Brined Local Turkey with Chestnut Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Sport Hill Farm Broccoli with Garlic and EVOO, Homemade Corn Bread, and Apple Cobbler. At the helm of the kitchen today will be Chef Tim Fornero who has cooked at Spago in Las Vegas and Felix in NYC. And, both Ashley and Amy are pitching in to decorate the Operation Hope dining room.
On Sunday, November 3, be sure to head down to The Italian Center in Stamford between 11-2:30 for a day of food sampling, tips on entertaining, auctions, and a luncheon discussion on how to help the hungry of Fairfield County. This is all part of Harvest Table, the annual fundraiser for New Covenant House of Hospitality. NCHH is the only soup kitchen that provides for all Lower Fairfield County and is also part of the Community Plates network. Entrance for the event is just $50 plus a non-perishable food item. Besides raising money for this worthy charity, check out some other reasons why you should come along:
Food Samples and Style Watch
Here are some startling facts according to FeedingAmerica.org:
- In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.
- In 2011, 14.9 percent of households (17.9 million households) were food insecure.
- In 2011, 5.7 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.
- In 2011, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent.
- In 2011, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.6 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (36.8 percent) or single men (24.9 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
- In 2011, 8.8 percent of seniors living alone (1 million households) were food insecure.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 37 percent in Holmes County, MS.
Yes, those statistics are definitely amazing and Fairfield County isn’t immune from food insecurity, either. But, as you know, there are lots of people out there who are helping to feed and take care of others. We’ve talked to you about the great work of Community Plates and we’ve talked about fundraisers for New Covenant House of Hospitality in Stamford, but we’re presenting you now with some solid, tangible ways to get out there and help out.
Debra Ponzek from Aux Delices of Greenwich will be guest speaker at the Harvest Table Luncheon. Photo from press release.
Update: back on track! Harvest Table is happening on 11/11 from 11 to 2:30 pm.
Our crazy dog Maynard who is harassing us now to throw the ball to him.
Our cute kitties who leave piles of fur, day after day, throughout the house.
The promise of new beginnings.
Fans that rock and that make our day, every day.
These are just some of the things that we’re thankful for. See, there’s just something about the holidays that makes us reflect back on our lives, see what we have, then see how we can give back to those who don’t have. It’s that spirit of giving that fuels New Covenant House of Hospitality, a vital soup kitchen and food provider that is able to feed residents of Lower Fairfield County. In fact, they provided over 600,000 meals to residents just last year. To help them continue their mission, they are throwing their Second Annual Harvest Table event on 11/3 from 11 am to 2:30 pm at the Italian Center of Stamford.