Gifts for Good Causes

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? How about supporting a food-related cause on behalf of yourself or another food lover? Here are several worthy organizations that are working to relieve hunger at home and abroad, increase access to healthy food, and protect the rights of farmworkers.

1 Food Banks: Food banks are under increasing strain due to recent SNAP (food stamps) cuts. To give to a local food bank, search the listings at Feeding America and Food Pantries, or make a donation to Feeding America, which supports a nationwide network of food banks.

2 Action Against Hunger/ACF International: This global humanitarian organization works to save lives while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. Teams are now providing immediate and long-term aid for recovery after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

3 Action for Healthy Kids: Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment, and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places. In the classroom, cafeteria, and playground, programs include fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes.

4 Coalition of Immokalee Workers: CIW is a farmworker-based human rights organization active in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community organizing, and sustainable food. The organization is also involved in the movement to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

5 Wholesome Wave: Wholesome Wave fosters links between local agriculture and under-served communities to increase affordability and access to fresh, locally grown food in ways that generate significant impact on local economies. Programs currently reach 28 states in the US.

Check out The Kitchn's previous gift guides for more food-related charities:

(Image credits: Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock; Action Against Hunger; Action for Healthy Kids; Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Wholesome Wave)

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