How Food Network Stars and Celebrities Are Giving Back This Year

We hope these acts of kindness will inspire you, too!

October 07, 2020
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Our first-ever guest editor, Sunny Anderson has a lot of famous friends. As part of our special Thanksgiving issue this November, Sunny asked them to share the wide range of causes that are near and dear to their hearts. From animal shelters to restaurant relief, here's how Food Network and non-Food Network stars alike are giving back this holiday season — and beyond.

Sara Gore, Cohost, New York Live

“Giving doesn’t end with your neighbors, it also includes our four-legged friends. I’m proud to have joined the Clear the Shelters initiative, which has found forever homes for close to half a million animals.”

Joy Bauer, Nutritionist and Author

“One of my greatest joys is empowering kids to eat well and develop healthy habits, so I volunteer giving talks and cooking classes to kids of all ages.”

Maneet Chauhan, Food Network Judge and Restaurateur

“After the onset of Covid-19, my husband Vivek and I partnered with our food vendors in Nashville to provide food to people in need. We also created two specialty beers with our brewery, Hop Springs, with a percentage of sales going to support Hospitality Strong, an organization we founded to help workers in the hospitality industry.”

Ted Allen, Food Network Host

“I’m a spokesperson for Dining Out for Life, a campaign that raises money for HIV and AIDS organizations across the country.”

Siba Mtongana, Cooking Channel Host

“When Covid-19 hit South Africa, my country’s restaurant and food industry was brought to its knees. I support the Restaurant Relief Fund, which helps restaurants pay employees and stay open.”

Bobby Flay, Food Network Host and Restauranteur

I’ve been particularly interested in No Kid Hungry, a campaign developed by the hunger-relief organization Share Our Strength. As a chef, it makes sense to me to target the issues of hunger, food education and nutrition for our children. The earlier we can start a generational change, the better.”

Michelle Buteau, Actor and Comedian

“I do a live show called Adulting with my friend Jordan Carlos, and we donate part of the proceeds from every show to an organization. For Pride Month, we gave to the Trevor Project, and we’ve also given to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.”

Molly Yeh, Food Network Host

“My husband Nick and I hope that every child can have opportunities like we did, so we give to Midwest Young Artists Conservatory; Northern Valley Youth Orchestras (our local youth orchestra); and the Empire Arts Center (our local theater).”

Nischelle Turner, Cohost, Entertainment Tonight

“My way of giving back has always been through food, whether it’s feeding friends or volunteering to serve strangers.”

Barbara Corcoran, Founder, The Corcoran Group

“I was labeled ‘the dumb kid’ in school because I had dyslexia and couldn’t learn to read. Now I give back to organizations such as the Child Mind Institute to help empower kids like me so they know that they can achieve greatness.”

Geoffrey Zakarian, Food Network Host and Restauranteur

“I’m proud to be the chairman of City Harvest’s Food Council. City Harvest helps nearly 2 million NYC residents who struggle to put meals on the table.”

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