One Million Pillowcases in 24 Hours

We can always find a reason to get behind a good charity, especially when it’s promoted by one of our sister magazines. This weekend, put your sewing skills to the test with American Patchwork & Quilting‘s Million Pillowcase Challenge. Beginning on Friday at 3 pm, the 24 Hour Sew-a-Thon will be hosted nationwide by  All People Quilt, and our Des Moines office will be participating, tweeting and sharing photos of the staff hard at work. Each pillowcase created will be donated to the charity of the maker’s choice, there are are over 50 other locations throughout the US and Canada doing the same.


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Whether you’ve got an hour or a full day, every pillowcase counts in the attempt to reach the 1 million goal. If you’re new to sewing but would like to participate, there will be opportunities to pick up easy-to-follow instructions, a how-to video and pillowcase kits.


Our Des Moines office will be donating their pillowcases to YESS (Youth Emergency Shelter and Service) and Rebuilding Together, but we encourage everyone to donate to a local charity that can use them. Find out which of your favorite charities will be accepting pillowcases here.


And don’t forget: share your pillowcase making story online! Use the hashtag #APQSewathon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We love seeing what our readers are up to, especially when it involves a good cause!


Click here to watch the Sew-a-Thon promotional video


More News on Charities

Yum-O! x Food Corps

Share Our Strength & Recipe for Success


Stirring Up Change

The new collaboration between Rach’s charity, Yum-O! and FoodCorps, an organization that’s the culinary version of the Peace Corps, is creating quite the buzz. It sends young folks out for the yearlong stints around the country to help educate kids about healthy eating. Why is that so important? Because one in four children in the U.S. struggles with hunger and one in three is obese — largely because their families don’t have easy access to healthy food. Let’s change that, people! FoodCorps has a hands-on approach: Its service members teach kids about gardening (in the garden!) and cooking (in the kitchen!). Here’s how Yum-O! played a part in this important mission — and how you can, too.



1. Yum-O! and FoodCorps

Yum-O! donated funds to help promote FoodCorps’ growth and expansion across the U.S. Next Year, they’ll add two more locations to their current list of 15, as well as 55 more service members, for a total of 180.


2. What’s Next?

This fall, Yum-O! is helping launch an award program with FoodCorps. The money will go to the community served by one stellar service member. Stay tuned!


3. Get Involved

It’s easy! You can support FoodCorps by donating online or even volunteering alongside service members. To find out how you can get involved, go to



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Food Causes to Care About

Support No Kid Hungry

Rach’s SoBeWFF 2014 Burger Bash

Food Causes to Care About

When it comes to giving back, there’s nothing we care more about than a food-related charity. Whether it’s focusing on nutrition education or making sure children in schools don’t go hungry, there are plenty of organizations who make it their mission to keep America well fed. Rachael Ray is a philanthropist herself and has her own non-profit, Yum-o!, which empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. If you’re looking to get involved, we’re big fans of the two food-centric charities below. Well, what are you waiting for?


Photo courtesy of Share Our Strength


Share Our Strength

Working to “shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America,” Share Our Strength strives to connect children with effective nutrition programs such as school breakfast and summer meals. The No Kid Hungry network is made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions within their communities.

As a part of their Single Barrel Dinner Series, Jack Daniels will host a charity dinner in NYC next week on March 26th to benefit Share Our Strength. Renowned chefs such as Food Network’s Chopped chefs Amanda Freitag and Aarón Sanchez, Ed’s Lobster Bar’s Ed McFarland and Daniel’s Mark Fiorentino will kick off the event with an intimate dinner and cocktail pairings. Tickets are limited–buy them here.


Photo courtesy of Recipe for Success


Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success provides hands-on nutrition education aimed towards preventing childhood obesity and encouraging long-term health. Each month, 4,000 children reap the benefits of the organization’s signature Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education initiative, which strives to help America’s youth understand, appreciate and eat their food.

In Houston? Join Recipe for Success on March 26th at Neiman Marcus for a Dress for Dinner fashion show and dinner with Nannette Lepore. Tickets for the fashion show or both the show and Dinner with the Designer are still available here. The best part: 100% of all ticket purchases will benefit the organization.

Have Turkey, Will Travel

In a 21st-century twist on the holiday soup kitchen, several food trucks bearing all kinds of Thanksgiving goodness are hitting the road to help those in need. Check out what’s on offer, and how you can help

Photo courtesy of American Lunch Truck


Tuscaloosa, AL

American Lunch Truck will be delivering everyone’s favorite incarnation of the holiday’s leftovers– turkey sandwiches loaded with trimmings– to the city’s homeless. Donate:


Los Angeles, CA

Global fusion truck Wicked Kitchen will be subbing turkey into some of its most popular chicken dishes, from tikka masala to Cajun jambalaya, and taking them to homeless shelters. Donate:


San Antonio, TX

Thanksgiving will kick off a week early when the health-minded Chow Train starts delivering the fixings of a traditional feast to the homeless and hungry. Donate:


Atlanta, GA

People’s food truck will take wood-fired grilled turkey ribs and other Southern fare to those in need not only on T-Day, but before and after as well. Donate:


Written by Jessica Colley


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