Americans are a generous bunch. Proof of this is evident in the results of Giving Tuesday, held this year on December 1. Donations on the annual fundraising holiday increased 25 percent from 2019, reaching $2.47 billion, with 34.8 million people participating across the U.S.
So, the spirit of giving is alive and well, even as the economy reels from the effects of the pandemic and partisan politics.
The cannabis industry and its members are no exception, continuing to give whatever they can. Having been declared an essential service in legal states during the pandemic, many dispensaries and product manufacturers (cannabis and hemp) have made holiday fundraisers and food drives part of their ongoing commitment to community.
In Seattle, cannabis retail chain Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop combined forces with the Emergency Feeding Program to provide food to those in need. The partnership, which launched in October, has so far supplied 9,000 pounds of food and expects to continue through the New Year. Every Friday at Uncle Ike’s Central District and White Center store locations, boxes of groceries and food staples are distributed to anyone in need. Store staff volunteer their time to help with this program and other community projects sponsored by Uncle Ike’s.
Cannabis brand Shango, which has retail stores in Arizona, California, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and Oregon, launched its holiday community contributions with physical goods donations to Salvation Army including toys for children, as well as gifts for three families chosen from the nonprofit’s Angel Tree program.
The brand, which opened its corporate headquarters in Moreno Valley, California in early 2020, also held a five-week food drive at its Moreno Valley store location to benefit local nonprofit Unity of Faith Christian Outreach Ministries food pantry.
“Being new to the area, we wanted to make a community