Food gifts that give back

Support local charities this holiday season
Rumson Gifts Georgia Grown basket
Rumson Gifts Georgia Grown basket

Photo by Gannon

Short on gift ideas for that foodie friend of yours? Here are five picks that also give back to local nonprofits.

Simple Abundance cooking classes

For the hostess who can’t cook—or just wants to learn new skills—these Cook’s Warehouse cooking classes are led by local chefs like Ron Eyester (Rosebud) and Adam Evans (the Optimist). Gift certificates benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and are available in increments of $55, $65, and $75. They must be purchased by December 19 in order to ensure delivery before Christmas.

Shake Shack concretes

Share a sweet treat from Shake Shack this year and you’ll be helping the children at Camp Twin Lakes. Five percent of every Campfire S’mores concrete sold is donated to the charity. Shake Shack gift cards are available online or in the new Buckhead Atlanta restaurant.

Rumson Gifts baskets

All month long, for every basket purchased from Rumson Gifts with code word “Food Bank,” 10 percent of the sale will be donated to the ACFB. Check out the Georgia Grown basket ($50) for Braswell’s peach and apricot jam, Phickles Pickles from Athens, Chef’s Blend extra virgin olive oil from Georgia Olive Farms in Lakeland, Ga., and Beautiful Briny Sea Salt in Friends Forever flavor.

Brunch at Café 458

Café 458 is run entirely by volunteers with all proceeds benefitting the homeless via the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. Give your loved ones a gift certificate for Sunday brunch, and they’ll enjoy sweet potato pecan pancakes with ginger butter, vegan wraps, and more.

Peach Dish meals

Now through December 24, when you purchase a Peach Dish gift box—that’s two recipes and two sets of ingredients for two people—$5 will go toward the ACFB. Previous menu offerings include chicken breast with grits and garlicky greens and Poha-crusted salmon with curried green beans and basmati rice.