Knit For Food

The Knit for Food Knit-a-thon was a 12 hour knitting marathon held on April 11th, 2021 to raise funds and awareness for food insecurity.

We raised a total of $270,660! (This was $265,810 on Givebutter and $4850 from private foundations.)
The money we raised was be equally divided between Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry, and Meals on Wheels.

We are planning a 2nd annual Knit-a-thon for 2022, please sign up for Laura's mailing list to hear details when they are released!
The date will be announced in Jan 2022!


SCHEDULE 4.11.21

Time (ET) Event Website
10:00 Intro with Laura Nelkin
10:15 Xandy McKinley from World Central Kitchen
10:30 Lamb Cam with Ceces Wool
11:00 Knitting Ergonomics with Carson Demers!
11:15 Carla Warner from No Kid Hungry
11:30 Knitting Lounges (30 minutes)  
12:00 Lunch Break (1 hour)  
1:00 Stump The Chump with Patty Lyons
1:30 Hannah Swihart from Feeding America
1:45 Knitflix Knitathon Organizers 
2:00 Stretches for Stitchers with Mara Smith MS ATC CSCS
2:15 Knitting Lounges (15 minutes)  
2:30 Playlist from the Knitflix Knitathon (30 minutes)
3:00 Afternoon Break (1.5 hours)  
4:30 Beading 101 with Laura
4:45 Jennifer Pellegrini from Meals on Wheels
5:00 MedKNITation with Suzan Colón, author of Yoga Mind
5:15 Tom DellaRocco Sheep Farmer
5:30 Knitting Lounges (15 minutes)  
5:45 Crafternoon Playlist with Port Fiber (30 minutes)
6:15 Dinner Break (1.25 hours)  
7:30 Natasha Thompson from Food Bank of the Southern Tier
7:45 Approachable Brioche-Able with Bristol Ivy
8:15 A Queens Knitter who works for change!
8:30 She Shoots Sheep Shots: a Wooly Slide Show!
9:00 Knitting Lounges (45 minutes)  
9:45 Closing and Thank You with Laura and Friends!  

Thanks so much for supporting our effort to craft a better future.

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To learn more about these organizations:
Feeding America- The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger. Donors, staff, and volunteers all play an important role in our efforts to end hunger in the United States.
World Central Kitchen- WCK uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies through times of crisis and beyond.
No Kid Hungry- No child should go hungry in a nation as wealthy as ours. But millions of kids are living with hunger right now because of the pandemic. With No Kid Hungry, you can help change that for good.
Meals on Wheels- Today, the average life expectancy is at a record high of 79 years. As we get older, even the most independent among us may experience physical declines or financial hardship that strips away our independence. Add to that an increase in geographic mobility of our families, and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone.


Is there a minimum to fundraise?
Definitely not, but to receive a link to the event you must sign up as a team member and raise a minimum of $100.

What if I don't knit?
Don’t knit? That’s OK! Any crafting practice is welcome!

Have you seen the Gilmore Girls?
YES, we were inspired by the infamous Gilmore Girls Knit-a-thon episode!

Do I have to attend the zoom?
Definitely not! If you want to knit-a-thon, but don’t want to participate in the accompanying zoom event that is a-ok! Just grab your yarn, needles, and snacks and KNIT!

How are the funds being collected and distributed?
We are using a fundraising platform called Givebutter for optimal transparency. 100% of the funds collected will be split evenly between the 4 organizations listed above. Donors will be charged a credit card fee when they donate and will also have an option to tip Givebutter.
Givebutter does not charge any platform fees and relies on your generosity to support this free fundraising service. You can read more about that here.