There are only 14 days left in the s “Eat Local, Give Global” campaign to raise money during the holidays for Jolkona, a web-based nonprofit, to support women farmers in Sudan.
The campaign started in November and runs through December; to date the specialty butcher shops have raised enough money to fund 34 women farmers in Sudan, according to Teri Ann Johnson, the company’s social media and events coordinator.
For each $30 donation, a woman in Sudan is able to attend a two-day training workshop in farming techniques and receives farming tools and seed to go back to her village and start a new business. The way the campaign works is every Thursday and Friday Bill the Butcher will donate 10 percent of the day’s receipts to Jolkona.
To make things more interesting, there is a contest to see which location can raise the most money. Dubbed “The Great Meat Race,” the competition among shops is inspiring customers to kick in extra, Johnson said. Customers can add $1, $5, or $10 to any purchase they make in any of the Bill the Butcher shops. Customer may also donate online to support the campaign itself.
Since Bill the Butcher opened the doors of its first shop two years ago, the company has supported sustainable farming practices and worked with local farmers and ranchers who raise beef, pork and poultry without hormones, steroids and genetically modified feed, according to the company’s website.