Over 40 million people in the United States are currently struggling with hunger.
Another 15 million people here are food insecure, meaning that they have difficulty feeding everyone in their household at times. And shockingly, one out of every six children in the United States does not know when their next meal is coming. Learning these statistics makes us eager to help the hunger crisis in America and because September is Hunger Action Month, there is no time like the present to do our part! Check out these easy (and fun!) ways you can give back, too:
Drink To Donate!
Union Square Hospitality Group has created special cocktail program at all of their restaurants, donating $5 per drink to one of our favorite organizations, City Harvest. So what we’re saying is… all you have to do is drink to donate this month! Here is the full list of participating restaurants with their corresponding signature Helping Hands cocktails:
Blue Smoke Battery Park City | Belvedere, Cucumber, Lime
Blue Smoke Flatiron | Belvedere, Cucumber, Lime
Cedric’s at The Shed | Belvedere, Iichiko Saiten, Oolong Tea, Bianco Vermouth, Bittermens Winter Melon Bitters
Gramercy Tavern | Belvedere, Pear, Mattei Cap Corse, Lemon
Intersect by Lexus | Belvedere, Tomato Water, Basil, Lime, Honey, Green Chartreuse
Jazz Standard | Belvedere, Cucumber, Lime
Maialino | Belvedere, Wood Dragon Oolong tea, Dimmi, Peach, Aperol, Milk
Manhatta | Belvedere, Dolin Génépy des Alpes, GIffard Pamplemousse, Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla
Marta | Belvedere, Rose Syrup, Lemon, Rosé
The Modern | Belvedere, St. Agrestis Amaro, Neversink Pommeau, Cinnamon, Honeycrisp
Porchlight | Belvedere, Aperol, Lime, Pineapple Simple Syrup
Union Square Cafe | Belvedere, Becherovka, Spiced Plum Shrub, Cranberry
Untitled | Belvedere, Aperol, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Soda
Vini e Fritti | Belvedere, Rose Syrup, Lemon, Rosé
The Spoontember Challenge
Love a good Instagram challenge? Spoontember is for you! Feeding America has created the viral campaign to raise hunger awareness in the U.S. All you have to do is hang a spoon on your nose, snap a spoon selfie and share on social with the hashtag #Spoontember. And if you really want to help, tag some friends to get them to do it, too!
Volunteer at City Harvest
Help New Yorkers in need by volunteering at one of our favorite organizations, City Harvest. They have multiple ways you can help, examples include: delivering fresh produce in one of their Mobile Markets, rescuing seasonal food that would otherwise go to waste from various Greenmarkets around the city, helping efficiently repacking bulk foods and more. Check out their website here for more ways you can help!
Join A Food Rescue Mission
Help save perfectly good, “leftover” food from restaurants across the city. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine has food rescues all the time, so be sure to sign up on their website and join the fun.
You can always help the cause by donating your unused canned goods. Clean out your pantry and locate the nearest donation drop-off center to you, a very easy and ‘feel good’ activity.
If you can’t participate in any of the events or programs above but still want to help, donating money is always welcomed. City Harvest accepts donations of all shapes and sizes. Just $36 feeds 38 kids for a week! And right now, an anonymous donor is generously matching all donations through the end of the month!
We know everyone is busy, and we often find ourselves de-prioritizing charity work because of time limitations. We are here to remind you, and ourselves, that even small efforts go a really long way. To do good is to feel good and it’s a mission we stand by.
Photo via: City Harvest