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Laguna Food Pantry donations can be matched today on #GivingTuesday, Nov 28

The Laguna Food Pantry has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of charitable giving. In a unique partnership, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match donations originating on the Pantry’s Facebook page of up to $1,000 each, for a nationwide total of $2 million for all participating nonprofits. #GivingTuesday is held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a philanthropic antidote to consumer-oriented Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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Melinda and Bill Gates – the Gates Foundation will match donations today as part of Giving Tuesday

Donors who give via the pantry‘s Facebook page can double their gift this Tuesday (today) only. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $50,000 per organization, and Facebook is waiving the fees it normally charges nonprofits for each transaction.

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“The early bird will catch the proverbial worm,” noted Laguna Food Pantry Executive Director Anne Belyea. “It’s important to make a donation early Tuesday morning, since nonprofits nationwide are participating in this Facebook-based initiative. This partnership is a generous gesture from the Gates Foundation and Facebook that represents a fantastic funding opportunity for the pantry that will help us better serve our shoppers.”

To count for the match, #GivingTuesday donations must be made via the Laguna Food Pantry Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lagunafoodpantry

Every weekday, Laguna Food Pantry collects and distributes 3,500 lbs. of free, fresh, nutritious groceries, serving more than 400 low-income families each week. Half of those families include children. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road north of the Dog Park, the Pantry is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. New volunteers are always welcome. Phone: 949-497-7121. www.lagunafoodpantry.org

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