Tweets, pins and posts declaring #foodthanks from farms, supermarkets and dinner tables are popping up online for the fourth year in a row. This time, conversations from separate social media channels gather on the revamped www.foodthanks.com and share a greater focus on giving.
The 2013 campaign features “Give a Bag. Get a Bag.” which encourages participants to help their local food bank.
“The campaign aims to bring together everyone in the food system, no matter who you are, how you fit into ag, or your favorite social media channel,” says Jeff VanderWerff, a Michigan farmer and president of the AgChat Foundation. “It’s about forgetting the food fights and taking time to share thanks for safe, abundant food.”
- Use Instagram or Vine to show a meal that’s special to you and explain why.
- Share a recipe and tag someone you’re enjoying it with.
- Join the #Foodthanks Twitter chat on Tuesday, Nov. 19th
“In addition to saying #foodthanks online, the AgChat Foundation is encouraging participants to give #foodthanks offline this year,” adds VanderWerff. “Consider giving your time—whether 10 minutes or an hour—to make a meal for a neighbor or to volunteer at the food bank or homeless shelter.”
Give a Bag. Get a Bag.
Starting Nov. 18, participants can pledge to donate a bag of food to a local food pantry via an online form at www.foodthanks.com. Those who take the pledge will receive a special edition #foodthanks tote. Quantities are limited.
“It’s a simple pledge, followed by a lasting reminder to be thankful every time we visit the grocery store—even when the holiday season is over,” VanderWerff says.