Food Companies That Are Giving Back This International Women's Day

International Women’s Day isn’t about material things. It’s not about shopping or purchasing items that have feminist slogans on them. The day has been set aside for us to celebrate women’s contributions in all areas and explore how we can continue advancement for women in our society. In other words, it’s meant to be about actual work, both recognizing the work of others and doing some work of our own. However, we also live in a capitalist society, which means a lot of brands use women’s empowerment as a marketing tool, especially during International Women’s Month and on International Women’s Day.

While that’s something we have often felt uneasy about, we do kind of get it. We are drawn to products that feature feminist slogans, and we've all got to make that paper somehow. Still, this International Women's Day, we want to focus on the companies that are actually doing good work in addition to selling us products that are branded with women's empowerment.

Ahead we have highlighted seven food companies, both large and small, that have released special International Women's Day products and services. To make it on this list, the brands also had to put their money where their mouth is. For us, it wasn't enough for them to come out with treats that represent their commitment to female empowerment: These companies are making monetary donations to established organizations that are taking concrete steps to aid and advance women and families in America and around the world.

Where we could, we included the prices of their International Women's Day food products and how much the companies have promised to donate. Armed with that information, you can decide if you'd like to celebrate International Women's Day by making a purchase. Or, if you like the organizations being represented, you can always more a direct donation.

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Photo: Courtesy of Supernatural.
Supernatural Kitchen

Supernatural, a brand known for its ​clean baking ​ingredients, has teamed up with the food and beverage crowdfunding company PieShell to launch Girl Pow! Sprinkles. Each bottle of the super-heroine themed baking decorations features sprinkles in the shapes of boxing gloves and pow! stars. While the sprinkles are expected to pop up on sweet treats at female-founded New York City-based bakeries and ice cream shops like Blue Marble, Butter & Scotch, and Once Upon a Tart, soon you'll be able to put them on your own home bakes as well.

Starting today on PieShell's website, Supernatural's Girl Pow! Sprinkles are available for pre-order: 100% of the profits made from pre-orders placed between now and March 31 will benefit Girls Who Code.
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Health Warrior

Superfood snack brand Health Warrior joined forces with beauty mogul Bobbi Brown, and together they created a bar that celebrates International Women's Day. The Dragon Fruit Chia Bar comes in a limited edition pink wrapper that features the saying "Beauty Begins Within." Before you roll your eyes at the snack's branding, you should know that Health Warrior has pledged to give back with this bar: 100% of profits made by the Dragon Fruit Chia Bar will be donated to Girls Inc.

Starting today, the bars is available on HealthWarrior.com, until supplies run out. The bars will also start showing up at specialty retailers later this month. The Beauty Begins Within Dragon Fruit Chia Bars are being sold in boxes of 15 for $19.99.
GrubHub

This month, GrubHub started an initiative dedicated to supporting women-led restaurants nationwide. It's called RestaurantHER. One of the ways GrubHub is supporting women-led restaurants is by launching a map on the RestaurantHER website, which helps diners located them. The map shows restaurants in your area that are either owned or co-owned by women or have a kitchen run by a woman head or executive chef. You can even contribute to the mission by submitting woman-led restaurants in your area that aren't yet on the map.

GrubHub has also promised to contribute up to $1 million. All month long, every time someone pledges to order from or dine at women-led restaurants through RestaurantHER.com, $1 will be donated to the cause. The first $100,000 of this pledge will go to WCR — Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, where it will help advance female leadership in the restaurant industry. So, get to pledging!
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Peet’s Coffee

In honor of International Women's Day, Peet's Coffee launched what it's calling the Sisterhood Flight Collection. The limited edition collection features three women-grown coffees from Rwanda Les Soeurs, Colombia Café Mujeres, and Nicaragua Las Hermanas.

While supplies last, you can get the collection at participating Peet's Coffeebar locations for $24.95. 10% of all proceeds from the Sisterhood Flight Collection will go to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.
Photo: Courtesy of Ladurée.
Ladurée

Inspired by the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Ladurée Paris' executive pastry chef Claire​ ​Heitzler made an International Women's Day pastry for the very first time. The pastry is called "La Vie en Rose," and it features a raspberry and vanilla flavor combination. Today, the pastry and special gift boxes filled with six pink macaron flavors are available at Ladurée locations in New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The pastry is $8, while each gift box is $21.

Ladurée calls the pastry a "small but forceful statement in solidarity for women’s rights," but what makes an even louder statement is the company's commitment to Baby2Baby: 20% of the proceeds made by the International Women's Day pastry and the pink macaron boxes will be donated to this organization ​that provide​s​ low-income children and families with basic necessities.
Johnnie Walker

For the first time since the Johnnie Walker whisky brand was founded in the 1800s, one of its bottles will finally feature a woman — for a limited time anyway. To coincide with International Women's Month, Johnnie Walker Black Label introduced The Jane Walker Edition at the beginning of March.

The whisky inside the limited edition bottle is no different than the company's classic Black Label. The only real change is that the iconic Striding Man that has long been the companies trademark has been replaced with the figure of a woman who is being called Jane Walker.

The introduction of The Jane Walker Edition has been met with some skepticism, but at least Johnnie Walker has committed to donating a portion of the proceeds to She Should Run. The Jane Walker Edition is available now through the end of March for $34.00 and $1 of each of the 250,000 produced will be donated.
Stacy's Pita Chips

As a way to recognize female artists, Stacy's Pita Chips has released a line of limited edition chip bags. The collection, which Stacy's calls "Rising to the Occasion," includes three bags featuring original artwork that the company says, "delivers a powerful visual message about celebrating, advancing, and supporting women." The bags will be available through Amazon and Walmart.com for $14.27 and through Jet for $17.25

In addition to releasing the Rising to the Occasion chip bag collection, Stacy's Pita Chips has also pledged $25,000 to Step Up, an organization that propels girls in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential.
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