Food Organizations Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community You Can Donate To
LGBTQ+ adults are twice as likely to report food insecurity than adults who don’t identify this way, according to the US Census Bureau.
June is Pride month, and there are countless ways to show both pride and support for the LGBTQ+ community. You can find local pride events in your area to participate in. You can urge local politicians to support queer and transgender rights. And, you can donate to causes that work to help the LGBTQ+ community.
One cause we care a lot about is helping people get the food that they need to feel their best. Unfortunately LGBTQ+ adults are twice as likely to report food insecurity — meaning they don’t have access to adequate nutritious food — than adults who don’t identify this way, according to the US Census Bureau. If you’re looking for a worthy cause to donate to during Pride month and beyond, here are organizations that are helping to feed the LGBTQ+ community that deserve your support year-round.
The Queer Food Foundation
A grassroots organization aimed at helping queer folks in food. “We are a collective of queer individuals who work at all intersections of the food system — from food justice & culinary to community organizing, media, hospitality, & more,” reads a recent Instagram post from the Queer Food Foundation. The foundation recently launched a Queer Food Fund that focused on supporting Black trans folks experiencing food insecurity. They also run the Queer Food Database, which helps connect individuals and food organizations, host events, and provide various forms of community support. You can learn about more ways to support them through the link in their Instagram bio.
The Okra Project
Based in New York City, The Okra Project was launched in 2018 with the goal of combatting food insecurity among Black trans people, 34 percent of whom live in extreme poverty according to the National LGBTQ Task Force. Their mission is to provide nutritious meals to Black trans people in need, and they focus on meals that are specific to the cultural cuisines of the African diaspora. They also offer mental health support by providing subsidized access to therapy through the online platform Better Help. You can donate through their website.
Food Bank for New York City
One in five LGBTQ+ New Yorkers experience food insecurity, and the Food Bank of NYC has been providing support for these and other food insecure individuals for years. With a member network of over 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, and campus partners around the city, they help get nutritious food to those who need it, always. You can donate (and learn more about how to march with them in the NYC Pride Parade on June 26) via their website.
Cultivating Change Foundation
Based in San Francisco, the Cultivating Change Foundation hosts an annual summit (this year it’s happening in October in Washington DC) that brings together LGBTQ+ individuals who work in agriculture across the world. Through the summit, other events, and their ambassador resource center, they offer resources and relationship-building opportunities for community members, including connecting college students to agricultural employers, showcasing LGBTA+ leaders, and offering professional development. You can learn more and donate through their website.
A national network of LGBTQ+ BIPOC individuals who work in food — as chefs, farmers, educators, activists, and more — Interlocking Roots. “We center food and earthwork as decolonization tools to combat isolation, trauma, and accountability within our movement, community, and work spaces,” they write on their website. Through events, a podcast, and a digital resource sharing platform, they provide support and connection to this marginalized community. You can learn more and donate through their website.
A food pantry near you that proudly supports LGBTQ+ individuals
Large national organizations can have big impacts, but donating to a smaller, more local organization can also support those in need, sometimes even more directly. Many local and regional food pantries work to support the LGBTQ+ community, and some LGBTQ+ organizations have their own food pantries, or are affiliated with local food pantries. Below are some examples. You can also search for organizations in your area that offer similar services.
Tranzmission, an organization in Asheville, North Carolina that supports trans and nonbinary individuals, launched a food pantry in their office in response to the pandemic, and they’ve distributed over 1100 food boxes to more than 2400 people in need. You can donate through their website.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository supports their LGBTQ+ clientele with identity affirming policies. In an interview with Feeding America, executive director Gregory Gross explained that staff and volunteers always ask pronouns instead of assuming them. They also label tampons, pads, and similar items as “menstrual” products, not feminine hygiene products. And, they recruit a diverse group of staff and volunteers to make sure that all feel welcome. You can donate through their website.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center has a food pantry geared towards helping older adult members of the community. You can donate, purchase food through Amazon for the pantry, or learn more about dropping off food through their website.