Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity where people around the world come together to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need. This year, on Tuesday, November 30th, Oxbow invites you to participate in GivingTuesday and help us get more fresh, organic produce to communities in need.

Good food is community care

Oxbow believes that everyone should have access to healthy, sustainably-grown food. We support the critical work of hunger relief partners in our community by donating nutritious, organic vegetables throughout the growing season — it’s community care that’s been a part of our work for over a decade. In 2021 alone, we’ve donated over 16,000 lbs of produce to Seattle-area partners operating food banks, community kitchens, and beyond.

But we can’t do it alone. The cost of seeds, care and labor, packing, and delivering donated veggies averages about $82 a day throughout the course of the year. We need your help to continue supporting partners like Hopelink, Farestart, and Musang’s Community Kitchen.

Be part of the GivingTuesday movement and donate today to support our work to grow good food for all.

Share food, support each other

The way that we share can look a little different to everyone. For some, it might include supporting nonprofits like Oxbow, who are working to get nutritious veggies into the hands (and bellies!) of more people — we’re so grateful for your donations, no matter the size! But there are so many ways to demonstrate community care that circles around food. Here are five easy ways to make a difference:

  • Share the abundance. This year, supply chain disruptions and increased food costs have many food banks and shelters in a bind, so donations from the community are crucial. Grab a couple of extra items during your next grocery run — every bit helps. Tip: Check the organization’s website prior to donating; many have online wish lists for most-needed food items and will note any items that are NOT being accepted. 
  • Be a little…extra. Still on a sourdough kick? Swimming in summer squash? Bake an extra loaf of bread to give, share some tomato sauce you canned from over the summer, or share seeds that you saved from your own garden with friends and neighbors.
  • Offer to do a grocery run. If you know someone who is recovering from an injury or illness or who has a hard time getting out and about, offer to grab them some groceries the next time you’re running to the store. 
  • Buy food directly from local farmers. If you have access to a local farm stand, co-op, farm store, or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, support them! Supporting small farms by purchasing their products helps ensure that they’ll be around for years to come — buying locally-produced food is a fantastic way to vote with your dollars!
  • Thank your farmers. If you’re lucky enough to know your local farmers or see them while shopping at a farm stand or picking up your CSA, say hello! Sing the praises of the crunchiest carrot you’ve ever eaten, tell them what you’ve been cooking, and let them know how much local food means to you.

 

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. We invite you to share in the movement with Oxbow this year.

At its core, GivingTuesday is a day that honors how every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.