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December 1, 2020

Professionals share their favorite hospitality charities

Here are the groups chefs, mixologists, and restaurateurs support


Greg Jackson of Heal Charlotte at an Unpretentious Palate event. Photo by Jonathan Cooper

The holiday season is about generosity, and Giving Tuesday helps us kick off December with the right mindset. We asked folks in the city’s restaurant scene to share their favorite hospitality charities. Their answers are below, with links to support each non-profit if you would like to donate. Have a charity you recommend? Share it in the comments!

Angels & Sparrows

Jon Dressler, Rare Roots Hospitality
A soup kitchen in Huntersville, Angels & Sparrows has served more than 600,000 meals to those in need. Donate.

BW Cares

Jamie Barnes, What The Fries
Aside from feeding families, BW Cares — a nonprofit started by a friend of Barnes — provides clothing, school supplies, and holiday toys for kids in need. Donate.

Claire’s Army

Shai Fargian, Yafo Kitchen
Parents of children battling cancer need an army of support, and being that army is the purpose of this non-profit. Donate.

Heal Charlotte

Subrina Collier, Leah & Louise and Uptown Yolk
Founder Greg Jackson works directly with at-risk kids in Charlotte, and Collier says she likes the way Heal Charlotte directly impacts communities similar to the ones she and her husband/restaurant partner Greg Collier grew up in. Donate.

Hospitality House

Bob Peters, The Grinning Mule
This 20-bedroom house serves as low-cost accommodations for families who need somewhere to stay while a loved one is receiving medical treatment at a local hospital. Donate.

No Kid Hungry

Jayson Whiteside, Bardo and Vana
Kids who depend on school lunches are especially vulnerable to hunger during the Covid-19 pandemic, giving this non-profit a heavier burden right now in fighting childhood hunger. Donate.

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