We wanted to tell you today about an amazing fundraiser in the knitting community. Started by designer and teacher Laura Nelkin, and now in its third year, Knit for Food is a 12-hour knit-a-thon that raises money to relieve hunger in our nation and world.
A lot of money.
In 2021, over $265,000. (Dollars!)
In 2022, over $271,000. (Cash money!)
And in 2023, with more than 2 weeks left before the day of the knit-a-thon (March 26), they’re well on their way to crushing past records.
Where does the money go?
The funds raised are divided equally among these 4 organizations:
Click on the links to learn more—these are organizations with a proven track record of alleviating hunger and food insecurity. They are charities that you may already know and support, and now you can support them with your fellow knitters.
What is the knit-a-thon?
It sounds like a heck of a party will happen on March 26, with myriad ways to get together virtually and in person, wherever you live.
But they had us at “12 hours of knitting.” Read about all the ways to join the fun here.
How can we support?
There are 2 ways to support Knit for Food.
- You can join the knit-a-thon by setting up a fundraiser page and raising money from friends, family, and followers. This is the option with maximum fun and fellowship.
- You can simply donate. Look at all the knitters, crocheters, and crafters who will be handworking their hearts out on March 26 here. Pick one, smash that donate button, and feel good about being a part of a community project that is making a real difference.
And of course, you can support Knit for Food by sharing their content all over the internet, starting with their Instagram hashtag.
Want to be inspired?
If you know Gaye Glasspie aka @ggmadeit, aka Team GG—you know that she doesn’t do things by halves. Gaye is a big supporter of Knit for Food, and one of its top fundraisers. Watch her short video up top, and be inspired by the story of Gaye’s beloved mother’s long-lasting legacy. I think many of us can think of a loved one or ancestor who gave of themselves to make sure others were not hungry; now we have a chance to honor them by supporting Knit for Food. Find GG’s fundraising page here.
Thank you GG! Thank you Laura! Thank you every single Knit for Food fundraiser and knitter! We can’t wait to see what you all do this year, with all of us behind you, united.
Ann and Kay