Monday, February 02, 2009

Gluten-Free Sales Proceeds to Charity this YEAR

UPDATE: we have extended this charity-event to be what is most likely a permanent thing unless we post any further notice here. This means we will be donating ALL book sales proceeds to charity for a long time. And, new for 2010: one of our employers is now MATCHING all donations dollar-for-dollar on the first $5,000/year we donate to charity, so for ever dollar you spend on a book, charities will get two dollars.

I have been deeply concerned with the state of the economy, how quickly it is degrading, and how this is impacting people throughout the United States - especially those unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a layoff or other forced unemployment.

I was watching 60 minutes last week when they were detailing the unemployment carnage in Wilmington, OH (where the Airborne Express / DHL company is closing, and leaving nearly 1/4 of the town unemployed - 3,000 workers thus far). And then there is the nearly daily nightly news report about mass layoffs somewhere, and rising unemployment. And, another sub-story to all this is the escalating demand for services from local Food Banks and other charitable organizations.

So, my wife and I have decided that we will be donating all proceeds from the sales of our Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Gourmet Desserts books (link) to charity -- either regional or local food bank(s) and/or homeless shelter(s).

Notice I am not limiting the donation to "all profits" from the books sales (since "profits" is a term subject to manipulation), but rather I am saying that we will donate the entire amount collected for each book sold throughout the month:
  • without any limit on quantity (well, up to whatever books we have printed, which should be plenty);
  • with the only exception being the shipping charge, which already goes to employ another group of people whose business is in decline: Postal Workers and shipping-products-producers (i.e., box-manufacturers, tape producers, bubble-wrap suppliers).
I could not help thinking how difficult it would be to maintain a wheat-free or gluten-free diet, should someone end up at a charitable food-bank. This is something I do not know how to address easily with charitable giving... I can only hope that some shelters or assistance organizations are able to accommodate special needs when they must, though I fear it is unlikely. Regardless, gluten-free or not, I just want to know that we have at least tried to help those less fortunate in a time of need.

Finally, to anyone that decides to purchase a book, we thank you as always, and in addition, any recipient of donations resulting from our sales would certainly thank you too if they could. And to anyone reading this Gluten-Free Blog and facing financial hardships of their own, we wish you the best and hope things work out well for you ASAP.


Kim Steffgen said...

Thank you so much for addressing the gluten-free need at Food Banks. I have been continually frustrated by how the heaps of enriched flour breads on the racks get cleaned out fast while the sprouted grain, or gluten-free products sit in a lonely corner like some schoolyard geek.

The message in our food economy system has often been that health is for the rich. Let's work to change that!

Twisted Cinderella said...

That is a wonderful thing to do!

Liz said...

That is a great call Mike. I'm passing along the information to friends and family.

Great blog, BTW! Your recipes sound fantastic. I just added you to my blog roll.

Mike Eberhart said...

Thanks everyone for your kind feedback, and for spreading the word.

We are hopeful that this promotion will lead to a sizable donation, but we also realize that times are rough and many people cannot afford to partake, whether they would like to or not. If you can do so without putting your own finances in jeopardy, great!... it will certainly be appreciated by someone less fortunate. m

Anthony Sepe said...

How kind of you; however, rest assured, that you will receive even far greater rewards because of your kindness. God Bless you and your hard-work through and for others.
~Anthony Sepe

Anonymous said...

Do you know where someone with Celiac Disease can get food donated in Nashville? I'm disabled on a small income. I get a whole $14.00 a month in food stamps, which, with Celiac disease is like a slap in the face. The government does not take into account the cost of our food, so I end up spending cash that i don't have to buy food. I have knee replacement surgery and I'm trying to find a way to survive the long recovery. Anyone have any ideas, I'm listening! Thanks

Mike Eberhart said...

Sorry I do not have any suggestions for the Nashville region. I am hoping another reader can offer insight. Actually, region aside, it is bound to be hard to find gluten-free foods at charity providers due to the specialty nature of the foods. So many donated food items are typical mainstream bulk items. I hope awareness of the need for gluten-free foods at foodbanks and the like helps address this. Anyone have Nashville area ideas?