NYC Food Community for Oklahoma

May 21, 2013 |  Category:   life


A bit eerie that I wrote about being at the mercy of the weather yesterday when catastrophic tornadoes were swirling around Oklahoma. Completely and utterly heartbreaking, especially the children. But we can help, and I’d like you to help me if you can. We’ve joined the NYC Food Community For Oklahoma fundraising team to support Team Rubicon‘s disaster response efforts in Moore, Oklahoma. I’ve seen how our local food biz community can rally together in the face of disaster to directly help our community and our city during Hurricane Sandy, and though we are over a thousand miles away from Moore, we can raise money for those who can help. If you aren’t familiar with Team Rubicon, please visit their website to learn more about these group of military veterans, trained and experienced in disaster response. I became familiar with the organization during Sandy and they are the real deal. I think you know how I feel about donating to the Red Cross from my Hurricane Sandy posts, so if you are looking for an alternative organization to donate, please visit our fundraising page and help us meet our modest goal of $1,000. Our team goal is $15k and every little bit helps. I know these are tough times for many people (and believe me, man, can I relate to that right now), but despite all that goes on in the world, I have to believe that we can still make a difference in the lives of those who need it. You never know when we’ll find ourselves on the other end.
Thanks, friends.


Update: Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I have almost reached my personal fundraising goal in one day and our team is almost halfway towards our 15k goal! You guys are fantastic!

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  • Roos May 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I just donated a little amount – yup, the tough times.. But I have learnt first ahnd that many little bits combined can make a serious difference, so I decided to not hesitate and give something anyways. Thank you for stepping up!
    Love from Amsterdam,

    • Jenna May 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you so much Roos for donating! Really appreciate your thought and generosity.

  • MCC May 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks so much for creating this, Jenna. I made a small contribution to your team. Like the above commenter, rather than getting bogged down with not being able to “do enough” perhaps many, many small contributions can create a great wave. Happy to help Oklahoma and show support for one of my favorite bloggers. You rock!

    • Jenna May 22, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Yes! We are working towards reaching our goal largely by the small donations that are adding up. Thanks again.

  • Courtney May 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    You’re one of the only bloggers I have seen post about Oklahoma. Thanks so much for thinking of us. It’s amazing how quickly that storm went from a tiny blip on the radar to one of the most destructive tornadoes we have ever seen. The loss of lives and property is devastating, but the outpouring of support has been so encouraging.

    • Jenna May 22, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Yes, we are thinking of you!

  • rebecca May 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Just wanted you to know that I posted your links at the bottom of my blog post today. I think what you are doing is so important. When the bombings happened in Boston, I wrote about them, but couldn’t find a way to talk about this one, so I blogged on… but still wanted to honor OK. Your post is so perfect. thank you for paying life forward. xo

    • Jenna May 22, 2013 at 12:53 am

      thanks for spreading the word, rebecca.

  • ethaney May 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    i live only 10 miles away from moore, oklahoma and i still cannot believe the destruction that occurred. it’s so devastating and so sad. although i am from the bay area of california, i have lived in oklahoma for the past three years and i’ve learned to appreciate the things that this state offers. so after this horrible tragedy occurred, i take it personally. the encouragement and love that people are showing is really amazing.

    this is so thoughtful and special. thank you!

    • Jenna May 22, 2013 at 12:57 am

      I’m glad you are safe but so sorry about the devastating destruction. Thanks so much for your comment.

  • cindy May 22, 2013 at 12:38 am

    We are looking for a good organization to give to especially in times of distress like now besides the Red Cross… I couldn’t find anything on how the finances are split up on the site. Could you help point me to the right direction? Thanks!

    • Jenna May 22, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Cindy, are you talking about Team Rubicon? They have information on their donate page and have posted a report online of one of their missions. They actually offer to return pledge money back if more money is raised than what was actually needed for a particular mission.

      • cindy May 23, 2013 at 9:16 am