What do you give the cook or food lover who has everything? How about a nourishing gift for someone else – a stove for a woman in Haiti, vegetable gardens for schoolchildren, or a pledge to fund a creative food business? Each year, we compile a list of Gifts for Good Causes. Be sure to check out the 2008 and 2009 guides and see our new additions below…
1 The Adventure Project's Coal Project - We were shocked to learn that every day 3 billion people in developing countries are exposed to toxic smoke from cooking on traditional stoves and open fires. In addition to causing respiratory infections and death, these methods are costly and contribute to deforestation. Through the Coal Project, donors can fund charcoal-efficient stoves for families in Haiti. The stoves are produced locally and sold by female microentrepreneurs at subsidized rates villagers can afford.
2 City Harvest - Since reading American Wasteland we have been searching for food recovery organizations to support. The oldest of these is City Harvest, which collects excess food from restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms, and delivers these via green trucks, bikes, and volunteers on foot to hundreds of community food programs throughout New York City.
3 The Full Belly Project - The Full Belly Project designs and distributes income-generating agricultural devices to improve life in rural communities around the world. Local people are trained to manufacture and use technologies such as the Universal Nut Sheller (which shells peanuts, coffee, jatropha, shea, and neem nuts), Pedal-Powered Agricultural Center, and Electric Powered Agricultural Center, which help save labor and increase efficiency and income.
4 Kickstarter - Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, in which people pledge money to support new businesses and creative endeavors big and small. Food projects at Kickstarter have included things like a mobile bakery, cooking classes for schools, the design of a new salt and pepper shaker, and an urban pollination project. (Pictured: D.O.U.G.H. Project by SCRATCHbread)
5 Woolly School Garden - This project is a great combination of two of our favorite things: Woolly Pocket living walls and school gardens! Not all schools have the space or budget to implement school gardens, but this project helps schools across the country raise money for everything they need to create a vertical garden, including Woolly Pockets, soil, seeds, gardening manuals, and curriculum lessons.
More Gifts for Good Causes:
• Gifts for Good Causes 2009
• Gifts for Good Causes 2008
• Give the Gift of Food and Water: Heifer International and Charity:Water