Good Eats

Truth? I am that person who can eat the same thing for lunch every day. (And do. Turkey, mustard, spinach, cheese on either actual bread or sandwich thins with a side of carrots.) I’ve fallen in the same rut with breakfast – cereal or a toasted english muffin with PB and banana. It’s sad.

So when I had some time on my hands yesterday, I mixed it up. I was craving banana, peanut butter and chocolate and incorporated them into my breakfast. Blew my mind.

pb choc banana oatmeal

Add 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup almond milk into a bowl/mug of choice.
Microwave until the oats have somewhat soaked up the milk.
Add in one sliced banana, one tbsp. peanut butter and a small (or big, if you’re feeling naughty) handful of chocolate chips.
Devour.

Speaking of Good Eats, I saw a post on Caitlin’s blog about an initiative from another blogger I follow, Katie Levans of Sweet Tater Blog.

plate share

I think Katie wrote it best, and so I’m going to quote her regarding what Plate Share is and how you can help.

I call my idea Plate Share, a social food photo-sharing smart phone application that empowers each and every one of us to make charitable giving second nature. To put it in perspective, I see it as Foodgawker for philanthropic restaurant-goers.

Here’s how it works:
Plate Share takes something we already do and turns it into an automatic charitable donation with an online social slant guaranteed to make it go viral.

What if every time you dined out or bought groceries you could use an app on your phone to round your bill up to the nearest dollar with your extra change going to feed the hungry?

It’s simple: Give change. Make change.

And what if every time you did this you snapped a picture of your plate and shared it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram (#plateshare) and encouraged them to do the same? And they did the same and told their friends? Who then did the same and told their friends?

I tracked my food spending for the months of November and December to see how much money I would’ve donated to Plate Share had it existed. On average, my change added up to $12 a month. Doesn’t seem like much, I realize; it’s negligible in the grand scheme of my budget. But what if you did it, too? And what if all 1,600 of my Facebook friends did, too? And all of yours? And all 3,000 Twitter followers? And all of yours? And so on and so on and so on.

What I love about the Plate Share concept is that it makes charitable giving accessible to anyone. I’m not a wealthy person, but if I can afford to eat out, I can afford to give change to make change. At most you will donate $0.99, at the least $0.01 depending on how much your bill is. There’s not an option to give more than that because part of what makes Plate Share powerful is that it takes all of us to make it happen.

If we all work together, a little bit goes a long way.

Katie is right. I generally round up when including tip, so why not have do that prior to tipping and having that extra couple of cents go to a good cause? Her idea is only in the initial stages, but she’s presenting at Startup Weekend Charlotte today with the hope of getting like-minded people on board and making Plate Share a reality.

Here’s how we can help her:

Twitter

  • Follow @plateshare on Twitter
  • When you dine out, take a picture of your plate and tweet: “Hey @startupwkndCLT, this plate could help #endhunger. Support @sweettaterblog & the @plateshare project so I can donate $x.xx!” [Fill in the x’s with the amount of change it would take to round your bill to the nearest dollar.]
  • When you buy groceries, take a picture of your receipt and tweet: “Hey @startupwkndCLT, my groceries could help #endhunger. Support @sweettaterblog & the @plateshare project so I can donate $x.xx!” [Fill in the x’s with the amount of change it would take to round your bill to the nearest dollar.]
  • Tweet: “I believe in the @plateshare project. Support @sweettaterblog at @startupwkndCLT to help #endhunger”
  • Tweet: “Give change, make change. Support @sweettaterblog and the @plateshare project at @startupwkndCLT to help #endhunger”

Instagram

  • Share the “Give Change, Make Change” photo below on Instagram
  • When you dine out, take a picture of your plate and add the caption: “Hey #startupwkndCLT, this plate could help #endhunger. Support @sweettaterblog & the @plateshare project so I can donate $x.xx! #plateshare” [Fill in the x’s with the amount of change it would take to round your bill to the nearest dollar.]

Facebook

  • Share the “Give Change, Make Change” photo below on Facebook
  • Like Plate Share on Facebook HERE
  • Share a link to this post and/or www.plateshare.org
  • Share your #plateshare Instagrams and TwitPics to your timeline
  • Post the “Give Change, Make Change” picture below to your timeline

Bloggers

  • Link to Katie’s post from your blog and encourage others to do the same
  • Tweet the living hell out of all of this
  • Post this to your blog’s Facebook page
  • Follow @plateshare on Twitter

Let’s do this, people. Every little bit helps 🙂

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