Black Friday. Cyber Monday. And now, Giving Tuesday.
Last year New York's 92nd Street Y launched a Giving Tuesday campaign to kick-start charitable donations in the wake of the shopping fervor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The United Nations Foundation joined the campaign as a partner with the Y, and in the end 2,500 organizations participated in 2012.
According to a report released in September by the University of Missouri-Columbia, the percent of people who have inadequate access to food rose more in Missouri than in any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2010.
Approximately 1.3 million Missourians are currently classified as "food insecure." About 400,000 Missourians experience hunger.