Give #foodthanks This November–Online and Off

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Tweets, pins and posts declaring #foodthanks from farms, supermarkets and dinner tables are popping up online for the fourth year in a row - this time, on the revamped http://www.foodthanks.com. Since 2010, the AgChat Foundation has encouraged social media users to show #foodthanks.

The campaign aims to bring together everyone in the food system, no matter who you are, how you fit into in, or your favorite social media channel.

Tweets, pins and posts declaring #foodthanks from farms, supermarkets and dinner tables are popping up online for the fourth year in a row. This time, conversations from separate social media channels gather on the revamped http://www.foodthanks.com and share a greater focus on giving.

The 2013 campaign features “Give a Bag. Get a Bag.” which encourages participants to help their local food bank.

“The campaign aims to bring together everyone in the food system, no matter who you are, how you fit into in, or your favorite social media channel,” says Jeff VanderWerff, a Michigan farmer and president of the AgChat Foundation. “It’s about forgetting the food fights and taking time to share thanks for safe, abundant food.”

Watch how others are already giving #foodthanks, from farm to table: http://bit.ly/foodthanks2013.

Get Involved
Since 2010, the AgChat Foundation has encouraged social media users to show #foodthanks. Join in this year with a quick pin of a family recipe, an update of holiday plans, or a short-n-sweet tweet saying thanks. Just be sure to use the hashtag #foodthanks to share your thanks with others.

  • Use Instagram or Vine to show a meal that’s special to you and explain why.
  • Share a recipe and tag someone you’re enjoying it with.
  • Join the #foodthanks Twitter chat and Google Hangout – Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8/7 CST.

“In addition to saying #foodthanks online, the AgChat Foundation is encouraging participants to give #foodthanks offline this year,” adds VanderWerff. “Consider giving your time—whether 10 minutes or an hour—to make a meal for a neighbor or to volunteer at the food bank or homeless shelter.”

Give a Bag. Get a Bag.
Starting Nov. 18, participants can pledge to donate a bag of food to a local food pantry via an online form at http://www.foodthanks.com. Those who take the pledge will receive a special edition #foodthanks tote. Quantities are limited.

“It’s a simple pledge, followed by a lasting reminder to be thankful every time we visit the grocery store—even when the holiday season is over,” VanderWerff says.

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About AgChat Foundation, Inc. A group of farmers and ranchers created the AgChat Foundation after connecting through the now highly visible “#AgChat” community on Twitter, a weekly moderated chat where agriculturists discuss various issues, tell their farm and ranch stories, and identify ways to connect with people outside of agriculture. The Foundation strives to educate and equip “agvocates” with the skill set needed to engage consumers through social media services, giving them the knowledge to unlock new tools to effectively tell their story. For more information, visit AgChat.org.

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