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family-to-family: a local organization doing more than just “good”

I am so proud to use this space every now and then to share with you some special organizations that are doing great things in their communities – and beyond.

Today I’d like to introduce you to “Family-to-Family“, and a special project they are launching for a very short time.

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First, a little about Family-to-Family:

Family-to-Family, Inc. is a national, grassroots nonprofit 501©3 hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to providing food and other basic life essentials to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty. By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family-to-Family brings a large and seemingly intractable problem – poverty – into personal focus, making proactive, attainable results possible…one family at a time.”

In looking for volunteer opportunities to do with my family, I always try to find something that will resonate with even a very young child. Clothing drives and canned food drops are great – don’t get me wrong. But I often wonder if a child can connect the dots from what he’s dropping off, to the person who’s actually receiving that donation. Yet the act of shopping for – or preparing – a meal for a family in need allows kids to more fully experience the value of what they are doing. And as you are spending time together shopping and cooking, conversation can happen too – another benefit.

For two weeks this month (and again in December), Family-to-Family is teaming up with local restaurants for a project called “Let’s Do Dinner!”. It’s a fundraising effort aimed at extending the organization’s reach to help more families in need.

Inspired by the popular “restaurant week” format, for the two weeks between November 1st and 15th, participating restaurants will donate either $1.00 from each customer’s check or a set amount from its proceeds to Family-to-Family.

“We’re thrilled by the support we’re receiving from our community’s restaurant owners,” Pam Koner, Family-to-Family’s founder says. “Our effort to engage our neighbors to “give where they live” is truly being endorsed by our local restaurant community.”

Family-to-Family’s hyper-local focus engages those with “enough to give” with those with profoundly less. Donated funds from participating restaurants will benefit families struggling to put food on the table in the Rivertowns and beyond.

Restaurants taking part in the effort include Fred’s in New York City; and Juniper, Maud’s Tavern, Pizza Grill, Slices, Station Café and Taiim Falafel Shack in Hastings on Hudson.

“We pride ourselves on providing assistance to all worthy and community-based causes,” Taiim Falafel Shack owner Zamir Iosepovici says.  “Our support for the ‘Let’s Do Dinner’ project reflects our continued commitment to those who, from time-to-time, may need a “helping hand.”

If you live in the area (or don’t, but know families that do), would you kindly take a moment to share this?

To learn more about Family-to-Family, visit

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