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Plates With Purpose™ Partner

June 9, 2011

Need more reason to enter our design challenge?  Gain inspiration from the women who make the Plates with Purpose™ and will be etching (your?) winning design onto a new plate to benefit City Harvest!

Cassandra said, “Our Plates With Purpose™ concept was founded by Mary Irwin-Scott,” one of the co-founders of Riverside Design Group.  “We were looking for a way to strengthen and support our community.  Beginning with a single design in 2004, the collection has grown to several beautiful designs that raise funding for a diverse group of national and regional non-profits.”

This is the first time Riverside Design Group has done a contest for its plate designs.  Cassandra is excited to view the submissions and said, “This could be the start to a whole new wave of plates!  It is also really gratifying to see the outreach of Plates With Purpose™ growing to new partnerships.”

Cassandra encourages artists and designers to “Be bold!”  She says, “I think the most graphic designs tend to be the most eye-catching and will serve to represent the impact City Harvest is making in the community.  I also think designs are most compelling when they tell a story …  so if there is a reason you are choosing a certain motif let us know.”

Plates With Purpose™ has brought together artists, non-profit partners, and customers together because, “People love the designs and the way the missions of the organizations are captured in the graphic artwork,” said Cassandra.  UncommonGoods’ partnership with City Harvest serves as an especially meaningful opportunity to put food on more plates of the hungry in New York City.


Harvest Plate Design Challenge!

June 6, 2011

Starting today, we challenge you to give us your best design for a new Plate with Purpose(TM): submit an illustration that embodies City Harvest’s mission to rescue food for New York’s hungry. The winning design will be etched onto a frosted glass plate that will be sold at UncommonGoods this holiday season, and $5 from each plate will go to benefit City Harvest!

Need some inspiration? Watch this inspiring video to get to know the people of City Harvest and why their work is so important to the New York City community. Then check out our other Plates with Purpose (TM), to see what we’re looking for in terms of design. The plate you design will be featured in bold fall colors like gold or copper.

If you win, you could receive $1,000, see your name on a product featured in our holiday catalog, and make a big difference for the charity that’s working to feed hungry New Yorkers.

What are you waiting for? Whether you’ve got a design in mind or an artsy friend with great ideas, help us help City Harvest to rescue food for New York City by sending submissions and spreading the word!

The Uncommon Life

Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger

May 10, 2011

We sometimes grumble about the same old lunch options around the UncommonGoods offices in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. You do too, right?

This week, we’re putting that back into perspective. We’re pretty lucky around here. We have plenty to eat, plenty of great restaurant choices, and there’s even a farmer’s market nearby, where we can pick up fresh fruit and produce every week.

But millions of New Yorkers are not so lucky. 1.5 million New Yorkers live below the poverty line. Many more can’t afford to buy good healthy food for their families, much less go out to eat. During the summertime, when many kids stop receiving subsidized school lunches, child hunger really becomes apparent.

We’re joining City Harvest’s Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger campaign on Wednesday, May 11. We’re donating the cost of a lunch at our favorite taco joint, neighborhood sandwich shop, or delicious pizzeria to City Harvest’s campaign to provide food for 300,000 children, women and men every week. Every $10 we raise can feed 43 children in New York City.

You can join us too; you can make a donation to our fund raising page, or select City Harvest at checkout every time you make a purchase.

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