One in six people in the greater Chicago area will face food insecurity this year, according to Feeding America. And next week is your big chance to contribute – and get a nice reward in return from a local Chicago restaurant. Restaurant Giving Week (February 22-28) features a “give one, get one” customer experience. If you donate $5 to a local charity via foodrescue.io any time this month, your donation receipt gets you a free treat at participating Restaurant Giving Week businesses.
Participating restaurants include:
Labriola: latte + pastry of choice
The Chopping Block: glass of house red or white wine
Doughnut Vault: donut and small coffee
Lou Malnati’s: Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza
Farmer’s Fridge: salad
Hannah’s Bretzel: Organic quinoa salad
Parson’s Chicken and Fish: Craft Cocktail
Whisky Business: Pumpkin fireball crème brûlée
Perry’s Hungry: matzo ball soup
Black Dog Gelato: cone of gelato
Check out www.restaurantgivingweek.org for the full list. And you’ll be amazed at the breadth and scope of the types of charities available to donate to – choose the one that touches your heart the most.
If 50,000 Chicagoans commit to a recurring donation of just $5 a month, every community and neighborhood in Chicago will have access to fresh food. Foodrescue.io is not a nonprofit itself, but rather a fundraising platform for any charity looking to source excess fresh, nutritious food and disburse it to their communities. 100% of the donation money goes to the selected charity.
Zero Percent already helps provide nutritious, prepared and perishable food to 80+ nonprofits, but with foodrescue.io they hope to reach more than 300 charities in 2016. Based on Zero Percent’s data from rescuing over one million meals, a $5 donation through foorescue.iowill fund between 15 to 20 meals to people in need.A guy named Raj Karmani founded Zero Percent PBC (Public Benefit Corporation) three years ago in Champaign-Urbana with the mission to cut food waste. It moved to Chicago in Fall 2013 through a funding from Impact Engine. Its mission has evolved to make fresh food accessible to everyone, regardless of their location and socio-economic status. Read more about its beginnings and its move to Chicago in this 2014 Crain’s article about Zero Percent.
Zero Percent believes that hunger is a distribution problem, not a supply problem. 30-40% of all food produced in the US goes to waste. They – and other knowledgeable organizations – know that we can end hunger by exercising safe and reliable logistics to rescue food. One hundred percent of your donation goes to a Chicago charity to cover that group’s logistics costs for rescuing freshly prepared and perishable food. Read more about food rescue here.
Makes total sense not to throw away good food when we can safely deliver it to hungry folks in need. Almost seems like overkill to offer a treat in return, but if you’re in the neighborhood of one of these civic-minded restaurants, go for it. And then plan to return sometime and buy your food!