Today is Giving Tuesday. If there is a silver lining to 2020, I think it’s the constant reminder not to take things for granted. Before the pandemic, not many of us could have imagined that the world’s economy would come to a grinding halt and that doing simple things, like going to dinner or a sporting event, would become off-limits.
Turn on the news these days and it’s difficult not to feel your heart breaking. All over the country, there are people lining up for hours to get food. According to NPR, the coronavirus pandemic has only worsened the problem of food insecurity in America. “According to one estimate by researchers at Northwestern University, food insecurity more than doubled as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the outbreak, hitting as many as 23% of households earlier this year.” It’s mind-boggling that so many people in our country are going hungry.
If you have the means, there are a lot of places you can donate including using your miles and points. I donated last night to St. Jude’s but there are hundreds of other charities to choose from and if I had the means, I would give to them all. Below, I’ve listed a selection of charities and organizations that you can donate to on Giving Tuesday but you can also search for local organizations in your own communities to help even closer to home. To learn more about Giving Tuesday and how you can get involved,, visit hq.givingtuesday.org.
This year has been challenging for so many, but this Giving Tuesday, we can all come together to help put food on the table for families. To celebrate the day, Feeding America has set a goal of rallying 6,500 people to make Giving Tuesday donations. Plus, a $200,000 challenge match from a generous donor will help provide another 2 million meals.
Feed the Children
For every dollar you donate $7 of food and essentials will be given, taking your donation seven times further.
LA Food Bank
Thanks to an anonymous donor, your gift today to the LA Food Bank will double in impact. Provide for those who need it most during this unprecedented time. Join the LA Food Bank’s challenge to provide 1 million meals from Black Friday to #GivingTuesday.
Midwest Food Bank
Midwest Food Bank has set a goal of providing 300,000 meals to families facing food insecurity.
The Snack Sack
Their mission is to provide kids facing food insecurity with resources to keep up with their peers in the classroom. Join them in their collective effort to provide all kids the same basic resources to succeed.
Caring is at the heart of the Shipt community. To support our neighbors in need this holiday season, Shipt is donating $35,000 to Feeding America®. You can make a difference in the lives of families facing hunger, too by donating.
Each year, Hawaiian Airlines matches up to a half -million miles to participating charities. Your donation of miles supports these non-profit organizations in fulfilling their mission.
Through Miles on a Mission, you can donate your miles to one of our partner charities or a campaign created by a charity to raise miles for a trip.
On Giving Tuesday, American is encouraging customers and team members to donate AAdvantage miles to important causes the airline supports.
UNICEF is on the ground protecting and saving children in crisis. Emergency aid is needed to keep children safe as COVID-19 spreads and more children face threats like malnutrition and violence. Give before midnight tonight and your impact will be TRIPLED to help UNICEF reach 3X more children.
Make a Wish will triple donations today.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Donate here.
New York Public Library
Government funding pays only a portion of the Library’s operating expenses. MYPL depends on support from individuals to help fund the vital public programs and resources The New York Public Library offers for free to all New Yorkers. Your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, but only until midnight December 1.
From December 1-12, buy any Family Starter Set and Olika will donate one to Baby2Baby. Join them in helping to provide accessible hand sanitizer.
Anthropologie will donate $10 to the International Child Art Foundation when you purchase a gift card.
Aerie and American Eagle
Aerie and American Eagle will help donate 10 meals for every Real Rewards purchase in stores and online to Feeding America up to 350,000 meals.