Letter from me about my big move!
I’ve moved… 85 steps away.
I am delighted and humbled by the opportunity to celebrate today. Today marks day 8 of joining Giving Kitchen's staff full-time.
This transition has been one in progress for some time. I am so often reminded of my late husband Ryan Hidinger's words back in early 2013 when the conceptualization of Giving Kitchen was just budding, “In order to help more, it means we need to start with less.” It’s this crawl-before-you-walk mentality, allowing a strong foundation to be built, that is the success of Giving Kitchen today. And I value that perspective highly in my personal and professional life, as well.
This news is most certainly very personal to me, but I also like to think of it more as community news... a move I have made within the Staplehouse, Giving Kitchen and food service community. In order to help Giving Kitchen expand its impact in providing assistance to the food service community, I will serve as GK's Community Engagement Director.
Being a founder of Staplehouse will always be part of my heart and OUR story, and this is a move I knew deep down would be made at some point. The time is now.
I look forward to focusing my energy on deepening relationships, fundraising, our expansion efforts, and further fulfilling my spokesperson role; something I have so longed to do in a more dedicated capacity.
THANK YOU for the support you have shown since the beginning. Both Staplehouse and Giving Kitchen would not be where they are today without people like you making this community what it is.
This 2019 Give Atlanta Challenge is a MAJOR fundraising opportunity for Giving Kitchen and in a year when we've seen requests for help SKYROCKET, food service workers in crisis need your help more than ever. We anticipate over 3,500 food service workers coming to Giving Kitchen for help in 2020. This is where I need your help.
Giving Kitchen (GK) provides emergency assistance to food service workers in crisis through financial support and a network of community resources in order to create a community where crisis is met with compassion and care. Anyone can be a hero.
GK has helped over 3,000 food service workers throughout Georgia in restaurants, catering, concessions and food trucks. The James Beard Foundation recognized our work this year by honoring our organization with the 2019 Humanitarian of the Year award. And this award is for you, Atlanta!
How You Can Help
Join me and James Beard Award–winning chef Andrew Zimmern in supporting Giving Kitchen for Give Atlanta now. “At a time all across our country when state and local funding is being slashed for social justice, wellness remediation and mental health programs, it’s more vital than ever for our communities to support those entities that have picked up the work being undone,” says Zimmern. “I feel it’s imperative that the greater Atlanta community financially support Giving Kitchen because they nurture and care for our vulnerable food service workers in crisis.”
Be a hero to a food service worker — give today.