Giving Tuesday: Our Food Drive Is a Tribute to Your Generosity

    The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is Election Day – a bedrock way to make a difference in our democracy.

    The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday – a chance to give back to nonprofits after days of conspicuous consumption at the dinner table and on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    At Maryland Matters, we are all in for giving back.

    As a nonprofit, we depend on readers like you to fund our work. Every day, we appreciate your generosity.

    That’s why, for the second year in a row, Maryland Matters staff will donate food – bought with money from their own pockets — to Maryland food banks for every financial contribution you send to our nonprofit news site. Several members of our board of directors will join in.

    Last year, we were thrilled to donate hundreds of pounds of beans, rice, cereal, peanut butter and other nonperishable foods to three Maryland food banks.

    This year, we will do the same, donating to the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore; Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg; and Delmarva Community Action Center in Cambridge.

    And this year, with your help, we’re aiming to give more.

    To that end, we’re providing some incentives: the more you give our nonprofit news site, the more food we donate to the food banks.

    Please know that no Maryland Matters funds will be used to buy the food. Your tax-deductible contribution to Maryland Matters will go right to work in reporting the news about the state we love. All the cans, boxes and bags of food we donate to the food banks will be bought and paid for by Maryland Matters staff and board members.

    And that’s not all.

    Your financial contribution will be doubled, thanks to a generous matching grant from NewsMatch – an ambitious national campaign to promote independent nonprofit news sites and the critical work of democracy: informing citizens about what is happening in their state and communities.

    As part of the CARES Act, you can deduct charitable contributions up to $300, even if you don’t itemize.

    We are busier than ever, reporting on the pandemic, the renewed movement for racial justice and so much more. Please help us be ready to provide the coverage you’ll want when the General Assembly convenes in January. And remember, your tax-deductible contribution will be doubled, thanks to the matching grant – and will inspire our staff/board food drive.

    Thank you for making our work possible.

    Our food drive is a tribute to your generosity.

    Stay well on this Giving Tuesday.

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