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The Shutdown + Food

The Shutdown + Food

We love getting Food Tank's e-newsletter, as they highlight important issues related to our food systems that one doesn't normally think about...read below for a powerful and insightful article on how the government shutdown is affecting food safety, soup kitchens, farmers and more.

"In the United States, this week marks the second missed paycheck for furloughed federal workers. Now on its 34th day, the shutdown’s effects are permeating beyond the lives of federal workers, as farmers, food banks, and food companies encounter reductions in government loans, assistance, and services. And as talks between Congressional leadership and President Donald Trump continue to stall, the food system is placed at higher risks as many partially-running programs start to reach shutdown funding limits in the coming month. 

Food Tank is calling attention to six ways the government shutdown affects the food system, from federal workers to farmers and food banks: Food and Drug Administration food inspections decline, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meat plant inspections remain incomplete, Farm Service Agency Temporary Closures Pressure Farmers, the USDA leaves farmers in the dark, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program releases early, and food banks feel a new surge.

To support initiatives feeding federal workers, you can donate to organizations like World Central Kitchen, which is donating free meals, or Capital Area Food Bank, which is setting up free pop-up markets for employees in the D.C. area.
To support a general relief fund for furloughed workers, you can donate to a fundraiser started by Deepak Chopra and GoFundMe that directs funds to nonprofits including World Central Kitchen, the National Diaper Bank Network, Feeding America, and the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund.

Read more about the government shutdown’s effects on the food system and share this article by CLICKING HERE."

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Nor Cal Fire Relief

Nor Cal Fire Relief

Our community is in a state of emergency as the Camp Fire is now the largest and deadliest in the state's history. Looking to help fire victims? Below are some vetted charities that are accepting donations:

Shasta Regional Community Foundation
Shasta Regional Community Foundation is accepting donations for its Community Disaster Relief Fund. Click here to donate.

The United Way of Northern California 
United Way of Northern California is accepting donations for its Shasta County Fire Relief Fund. Click here to donate.

North Valley Animal Disaster Group
This organization works jointly with public and private agencies and organizations in the area to help in the safety and well-being of all domestic animals and farm animals, including wildlife, affected by a disaster. This includes assistance with emergency temporary shelter, evacuation, and medical care. Click here to donate.

Photo credit: Justin Sullivan for Getty Images

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Must See | “They Wishin' on Me...”

Must See | “They Wishin' on Me...”

I can’t help but obsess about Drake’s new vid, God’s Plan – don’t wait, watch it now!

My hubs, always in the know about cool, of the moment Internet randomness, showed it to me based on Loyale’s random acts of kindness posts last week and I’m so glad he did. It’s an emotional and compelling portrayal of the singer giving away $996,631 (what would’ve been the budget to film the video) around Miami in the form of stacks of cash, shopping sprees, scholarships, cars and more. It’s directed by Karena Evans, a deft filmmaker who seems to have a knack for reveling in and celebrating all aspects of the human experience. Granted he’s a rich dude and has extra cash, but we don’t see this kind of altruism very often from celebrities…Drake’s goal to bring joy into people’s lives is an inspiration and his suggestion to…”just go be kind in any way you can and let's all watch the world be nice to each other even if it's for 24 hours...” is a directive we could all embrace on a daily basis. Let’s keep the random acts of kindness flowing and spark joy where we can! If you know someone that would be overjoyed to receive a Loyale tee, please tag them in our IG comments section and tomorrow morning, we’ll select a few winners at random to receive a complimentary style. 

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Commit Random Acts of Kindness

Commit Random Acts of Kindness

Some of the nicest experiences in life come by surprise…a friendly smile from a check out lady, a seat on the subway someone offers you when you’re beat, an unexpected ‘just saying hey’ card from a friend or a free biscotti with your coffee from the barista. In the grand scheme these gestures are small and some might say insignificant, but I think these thoughtful tokens are like the threads that bind lush fabric squares together thus manifesting a cozy quilt – subtle, fleeting kindnesses are essential to making existence possible. It seems to me, having the sense that the universe has our back and there is intrinsic kindness gurgling within our fellow beings’ souls, with enough to spare and share, allows us to wake up each day a little less afraid than if we knew the cold, harsh world and its inhabitants were out to get us. So while perhaps we gloss over these niceties, without them we would not have any faith that we could make it through the day; we would all be hermits and our planet would be inhospitable.

I’m all for cultivating a realm where your friends, family, neighbors and work mates make you feel supported, secure and meaningful, but we only have so much control; the reality is were constantly thrown into the mix of strangers and it can be unsettling at times, especially after a hard day or week when you’re at your limits. This is where kindness can make or break an interaction and either improve your mood or send it spiraling into the depths of despair. I believe we all have the power to improve the world by being gracious to just one person a day because I know how good I feel when someone offers me that gift. And I also love the feeling when I’ve gone a little above and beyond to boost someone’s spirits and it’s made a positive impact. Basically, graciousness is win-win in my book and I’m officially embracing Random Acts of Kindness week (February 11-17) this year. I’ve done a few classic things like sending cards and chocolates to pals, but I think my favorite has been putting feel good messages onto heart shaped post-it notes, sticking them on dollar bills for my Lyft drivers’ tips and folding them up so it’s a festive surprise later. Life can be a grind, we all need a pick me up once and awhile, so I hope you'll join me and will take a moment to commit a random act of kindness before Sunday (and moving forward). With daily tragedies, like the Parkland, FL shooting, consuming our thoughts, it’s a joy to celebrate a movement making the world a kinder place.

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Promo | Cyber Monday + Giving Tuesday

Promo | Cyber Monday + Giving Tuesday

Today is Cyber Monday and we're joining the party! We hope you'll consider tearing yourself away from Amazon and shop small (we love Amazon too, so no hate). Also, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, so as a combo deal we're offering 20% off your order w/ free US shipping and tripling our donations to our 501c3 partners. This promo is valid today and tomorrow till midnight. Use code cbmongivingtues to take advantage, happy shopping!

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Food for the Soul

Food for the Soul

There is one word that summarizes my time as part of the Bombe Squad and that is - wow! Volunteering for Cherry Bombe’s SF Jubilee was an incredible experience from start to finish and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. While I’m from SF, I haven’t lived here for 16 years and don’t know the community like I used to. This event was the antidote, as I was surrounded by talented, unique, creative and entrenched-in-the-culinary-world women. Volunteers, coordinators and participants were enthusiastic and engaged, networking and friend-making abounded.

A few highlights for me were meeting Liz Prueitt, founder of Tartine Bakery, Sue Conley, co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery and Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe and one of my favorite podcasters. I was also able to reconnect with Alice Waters, who used to sport Loyale on the reg and sample the best ice cream I’ve had in a long while, Smitten Ice Cream’s stracciatella. All in all, I think everyone who participated left the Palace of Fine Arts feeling inspired and enriched...it was a food for the soul kind of scene and I was grateful to be a part of it.

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Give Back | Napa Valley Community Foundation

Give Back | Napa Valley Community Foundation

Our thoughts are with our neighbors in the North Bay. We've made a donation to the Napa Valley Community Foundation today to support the tremendous rebuilding efforts ahead. This Artisanal Aperture photo featuring Silverado Vineyards is a #tbt to lighter and brighter times that will return again. The SF Chronicle is continually updating their "how to help" page and it's a great resource if you want to make a donation or volunteer.

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Give Back | Americares

Give Back | Americares

Today I donated to Americares to support the victims of Maria, Irma and Harvey. They're a 501c3 that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster with a four star rating from Charity Navigator. Since it was established nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $13 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States. 97% of contributions is used to execute programs and 3% is used for admin costs, which is a phenomenal breakdown, so you can give with confidence.

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