Go Rachael Ray!
Most people either love or love to hate the very popular Rachael Ray. No matter what you think about her cooking, innovative lingo, or talk show you have to admit that she uses her fame for good. She puts as much love into the charities that she supports as she puts EVOO into her pans. She is an advocate for healthier eating for families and protecting/rescuing/improving the lives of pets in need. I’m thankful for her down to earth personality, easy and delicious recipes, and the way she cares about the world we live in.
In 2006 Ray founded her own non-profit with the help of Bill Clinton called Yum-o! The three core areas of Yum-o are cook, feed, and fund. Seems pretty obvious but if the first step is teaching families to cook meals that are easy, affordable, delicious, and nutritious. The family that cooks together, stays healthy together.
RR and Isaboo
Plus what parent couldn’t use an adorable little sous chef in the kitchen? As a part of the “feed” principle Yum-o has partnered with Share Our Strength to end childhood hunger in America. Yum-o also realizes how important it is to invest in future chefs and other food service careers, and helps provide funding for cooking education and scholarships. It is so important to teach children that cooking is fun so they will continue the habit as they spread their wings and leave the nest. Even though RR doesn’t have any kids, her dog Isaboo is definitely a part of the family. That’s why she created her pet friendly charity Rachael’s Rescue, and her all nature dog food, Nutrish. A portion of the proceeds from her Nutrish line go to help organizations like the ASPCA, North Shore Animal League America, and Bad Rap. RR also supports America’s VetDogs which helps veterans who have served our country honorably live with both dignity and independence. Starated by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in 2003 AVD has helped thousands of disabled veterans, deployed service men and women, and their families. There are a ton of great animal welfare charities out there, but Rachael picked some good ones to highlight and make it easy for us! Thanks RR!
Rachael’s Rescue Donation (pick your favorite charity to support!)
So here’s to you Rachael Ray! You are a hard working, recipe cooking, talk show hosting, magazine producing beast of nature! There are kids out there reaching for a hand full of almonds and apricots instead of Doritos and M&Ms because of your message. Some people may not like the words EVOO, yum-o, or stoup, but I bet they like the words giving, thoughtful, and charitable. Thanks for being who you are, and supporting what you believe in, no matter what.