Food & Wine Gives:

Charitable and sustainable initiatives have always been a part of the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen’s DNA. In 2019 we launched Food & Wine Gives, a new philanthropic initiative to help create meaningful change in the world through feeding, nurturing and teaching our community.

Please join us in supporting our charitable partners and their mission of inspiring, empowering, and sustaining small business and people in the food and beverage industry.

Jacques Pépin Foundation 

The Jacques Pépin Foundation supports free culinary and life skills training, through community based organizations, that helps individuals detached from the workforce gain confidence, skills, and employment in food service. The JPF is committed to doing everything they can to support their community kitchen partners through this health and economic crisis. Many have pivoted nimbly from culinary training to increasing their Hunger Relief services through their health certified kitchens  and delivering diet specific meals to home bound clients.

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

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Southern Smoke Foundation

Southern Smoke Foundation is supporting those in the food and beverage industry across the country in crisis, including those affected by the pandemic. Started by 2013 F&W Best New Chef Chris Shepherd, Southern Smoke is a national emergency relief fund that has distributed more than $2 million directly to people in need since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Wholesome Wave

Wholesome Wave has spent the last thirteen years helping over a million low-income families buy and eat more fruits and vegetables so they can avoid the health conditions now connected to the highest death rates from COVID-19. Wholesome Wave will continue working to make sure they can reach as many underserved Americans with the servings of fruits and vegetables they desperately need during this time of crisis and beyond.

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World Central Kitchen

Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies through times of crisis and beyond. As part of its Covid relief response, WCK has purchased nearly 5 million meals from local restaurants, and delivered those meals directly to Americans that need assistance. Restaurants are the nation’s second largest employer, sustaining 15.6 million American jobs with annual sales of $889 billion. Today, the industry is projecting job losses of between 5 and 7 million in the next three months as sales decline by an estimated $225 billion. It is WCK’s intention that by working directly with restaurants and providing demand for the restaurant business, we can get meals to those who need them most while also uplifting an industry that needs all of our help to keep their doors open.

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