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Gift A Feast

Shop and do good
By Gypsy Achong

Thanks for your support during the 2015 holiday season! In your honor, we were able to contribute 3300 meals to families in need through Feeding America!

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Shop and Do GoodAs we whip up Thanksgiving feasts this week something we might not have on our minds is hunger. Hunger and food insecurity affects people living right in our own neighborhoods. Almost 50 million Americans are food insecure. That means they lack access, at times, to enough nutritious food to live a healthy, active life.

Many of our older friends and family live with chronic health conditions that prevent them from making fresh, healthy meals regularly. According to AARP, at least 8 million baby boomers are facing hunger in the USA. Many programs help seniors get the food they need taking into account the health status, medication needs, transportation, physical limitations and dietary restrictions of older Americans.

Our little ones are hungry, too. Healthy kids learn better, so it’s crucial to make sure our kids get the nutrition they need to learn and grow. In 2014, over 21 million students got a free or reduced-priced healthy lunch through the National School Lunch Program. Shockingly, this may be the only healthy meal of the day for some of these children. 

Food banks, pantries and meal programs seek to fill the bellies of our hungry neighbors. A real-life example is North San Juan Community Church in the mountains of central California. Every week the minister goes to a Food Bank in Nevada City, about 20 minutes away. After collecting light-weight, non-perishable food, she divides it into 30 grocery bags and delivers 5 bags a day to hungry people. In exchange she only collects hugs and smiles for her efforts. Occasionally, she will accept what she calls "Pennies From Heaven" when one of the folks scours the parking lot for pennies. The church pays for gas every now & then, but she does it all for the love of fellow man. 

Last year we asked you to vote on a charity and you chose Feeding America. In honor of our customers, Gift A Feast will be giving 1% of all sales from Black Friday to Christmas Day to Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. This work provides more than 3 billion meals to hungry families each year. Together we can take a bite out of hunger in America.​
Help us Make A Difference!
By Gypsy Achong

Help us Make A DifferenceMy daughter, Jacqueline, was coming to the office with me on Columbus Day, and she noticed someone sleeping on the street. She asked why he was not in his bed. I explained that some people run into trouble and have a hard time getting out of trouble in an expensive city like San Francisco without someone to help. She said "Well Mama you could help them, right?" What do you say to a 4.5 year old when they ask you that? I told her that I would do some research to figure out what we could do together. Conveniently, October 24th is Make a Difference Day, and we thought of a way we could help in a small way.

We are setting aside $200 to offer micro-grants to kids who want to do something small to Make a Difference in someone's day, or life. Anyone can apply for a micro-grant of $5 - $25 to purchase supplies needed to carry out their mini-mission. Potential projects might include buying a sandwich for someone living on the street, to handing out personal hygiene kits to homeless teens, sending heart-felt letters of hope to Syrian refugees, or baking a birthday cake for a lonely neighbor.

Simply post your idea, the amount of money you are requesting, and your email address on our Facebook page; or email me at customerservice@giftafeast.com. Jacqueline and I will choose the winners on World Kindness Day (November 13). Winners will be alerted by email no later than November 20, and will also be announced on Facebook and our blog.

Please share your ideas to Make a Difference with us, and please share this announcement with your friends, especially friends who are teachers. We can't wait to find out how you'd like to Make a Difference in someone's life.

Little Donations Go A Long Way
By Gypsy Achong

Little donations go a long wayThe holidays have a way of bringing out generosity in each and every one of us. And whether you're motivated to give out of good-natured goodwill or good old-fashioned guilt, it's not hard to find a way to help others during this season of giving.

As a small business, Gift A Feast isn't in a position to make million dollar donations, or even thousand dollar gifts. But we know that a donation as small as $100 can go a long way in many parts of the world, such as India.

That's why we've decided to donate 1% of all sales from Black Friday through Christmas Day to Sakhi for Girls' Education, a Mumbai-based charity that aims to "change the lives of slum girls forever" by providing safe, secure learning spaces and quality education for girls in local slums, encouraging them to continue their education and to support other girls to do the same.

In the Marathi language, "sakhi" is a female friend of girls who inspires, guides and supports other girls for a good cause. We found out about Sakhi for Girls' Education through A Good Deed Tea, a women's giving circle that was founded in 2009 to further the education and economic empowerment of women and girls in the developing world. If you purchase anything from Gift A Feast between Black Friday and Christmas Day, part of your purchase price will go directly to Sakhi to help these girls read and lead.

If you're wondering what $100 could mean to a charity like Sakhi, read this previous thank you letter, then go "like" them on Facebook.

Dear Gypsy,

Greetings from Aarti!!

I am very thankful to you for your strong financial support to my slum based girls education.

Here I am so happy to inform you that I have received your $100 as a financial support to conduct the activities of Girls Book Bank project.

Because of your kind support I will able to go ahead confidently to organize the life-long learning activities for my slum based girls. At my slum area, girls comes together at one place and they participate in variety of educational activities of Girls Book Bank which provides them ample of learning opportunities.

Five years ago, I was a slum based school drop-out girl, but today due to strong support of you and A Good Deed Tea, USA, now I feel proud to say that "I am Changemaker" and I am helping my slum girls to continue their school confidently with quality learning.

I feel proud to say that you are my SAKHI for Girls Education !

SAKHI means a female friend of girls who always inspire, guide and support other girls for their good cause.  

Thanking you once again,

Sincerely yours.

Aarti Naik, Changemaker,

Mumbai, INDIA

Your Gift Increases Breast Cancer Awareness
By Gypsy Achong

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is a veritable feast of special holidays, including Do Something Nice Day (October 5), Moldy Cheese Day (October 9), Wear Something Gaudy Day (October 17), World Pasta Day (October 25) and National Candy Corn Day (October 30). It's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is why you're seeing pink everywhere you look, from the grocery store to the football field.

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. One in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, about 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, plus another 2,600 men. Close to 40,000 women will die from it.

Fortunately, cancer researchers are making great progress. Since the year 2000, breast cancer incidence rates have been decreasing. In fact, they dropped 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone, possibly due to the reduced use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) after the 2002 Women's Health Initiative study results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.

Chances are, you know someone who has battled this deadly disease, or lost a family member to it. And as a woman-owned business, we want to do something about that. So we're making a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every purchase made during the month of October. Purchase any gourmet food gift - whether or not it includes moldy cheese - and we'll send $1 to help women detect breast cancer in its early stages - when it is most treatable - and encourage others to do the same.

Thanks for all of your support in October 2014! We were able to contribute $50 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in your honor.

Thanks for all of your support in October 2015! We were able to contribute $120 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in your honor.

Happy New Year from Gift A Feast!
By Gypsy Achong

Dear Gift A Feast customers,

Thanks to the giving spirit that you inspired, hard-working farmers in need around the world will now have regular meals, a stable income and the pride in Passing on the Gift of their achievements and knowledge to others.

The Gift of 7 Flocks of Ducks have been made in your honor.

Thanks for your support over the 2013 holiday season!

Best wishes for 2014.

Gift A Feast

Happy new year

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