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Now that the holidays are over and the end of the year tax-break donations season has come and gone, many aren’t thinking about giving. But I believe in paying it forward all year-long – there are many wonderful organizations out there that can use your support every day.

Being a member of the “give till it hurts” camp, from time to time on this blog – in the “Sharing About Caring” category, I will give you ideas for giving back in the Seattle community as well as nationally. Here’s one that is really easy (and good thing because it happens tomorrow!) and also delicious! So go shop! You know you have to go to the grocery store anyway – you might as well do some good while you’re there!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10, Whole Foods Market with its 5% Day, is offering a great way to meet your healthy eating New Year’s resolutions while giving others the opportunity to eat healthy.

For this quarterly event, all of the Seattle Metro area locations will be donating 5 percent of their sales to the Just Garden Project, an organization focused on building a just food system and expansive gardening culture, with a recent emphasis on developing free gardens for low-income families. How great is that?

The Westlake Whole Foods Market is also increasing your giving capital by hosting a Winter Produce Happy Hour tomorrow evening from 5pm to 7pm. At this event an additional 5 percent of sales from the Happy Hour will also be donated to the Just Garden Project.

The Happy Hour will highlight a variety of top produce items for just $5.99 a plate, plus wine ($4.99/glass) and beer ($1.99/bottle). Some of the incredibly tasty treats that will be available to devour include:

  • Baby Eggplants stuffed with Spinach, Tomatoes, Israeli Cous Cous, Pine Nuts, and Currants in a Garlic Mint Yogurt Sauce
  • Potato Feta Turnip Dumplings with a Spinach Dill Cream Sauce and Pickled Beets and Cabbage
  • Mushroom Sage Terrine with Cappelini tossed with Fava Beans,  Artichokes, and Asiago
  • Curried Lentil and Sesame Ricotta Tartine with Kaffir Lime and Mango Pickle

Sounds delectable!

Unfortunately, I have a prior commitment tomorrow and won’t be able to make it, but I would love to hear your stories and see your pictures! Let me know if you go!

What ways do you help and/or donate to your community? Please feel free to share your ideas with us in the comments below!

And if you are a non-profit, or raising funds for one, let me know this as well – I am always looking for new ways of giving to share with my readers. 🙂