Cooks’ Causes: 8 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

We've always found folks who love to cook to be generous people — they're providers by nature, deriving joy from nourishing loved ones around the dinner table. For those who want to give even more this holiday season, here are some great causes for the food-minded philanthropist.

Action Against Hunger

A global humanitarian organization, Action Against Hunger is works to end childhood malnutrition by tackling the diseases that contribute to it by providing communities to clean water and promoting sanitation and hygiene, with a special focus on live-saving programs in emergency situations and natural disasters.

City Harvest

The world's first food rescue organization, City Harvest works to end hunger in New York City by collecting and redistributing excess food from food establishments throughout the city. In one year, City Harvest rescues over 30 million pounds of excess food and brings it where it is needed to serve hungry New Yorkers.

Feeding America

Feeding America's website has a food bank locator for the U.S. that facilitates volunteering and provides contact information for anyone who needs food. The site also provides statistical information on poverty and food insecurity in your local population.

God's Love We Deliver

There's nothing like a home-cooked meal to help ease the pain and sorrow of sickness. God's Love We Deliver helps to nourish and care for those who are too sick to shop or cook by prepairing and delivering individually-tailored meals throughout the tri-state area.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

The use of traditional cookstoves and open fires for cooking and and heating in developing countries not only drains local environmental resources, but puts the women who use them and are exposed to smoke all day, at great personal risk, causing 2 million premature deaths annually. By helping these women to adopt clean and efficient cooking methods in their homes and working to create a global market for clean cookstoves, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves — An initiative led by the United Nations Foundation, and championed by Chef Jose Andres — works to improve the livelihood and health of women and children in developing countries, while also fighting climate change.

Heifer International

Heifer International's goal is to end hunger around the world through the sustainable gift of livestock. Recipients of the gift receive training for creating a small business around an animal that can provide milk, wool, eggs, and more for sale.

Share Our Strength

A national nonprofit, Share Our Strength's goal is to end childhood hunger in America. Through food stamps, nutritional education, school and summer meals, grants, and building public awareness, Share Our Strength is improving the access that families have to healthy affordable food so that all children not only have enough to eat, but the right things to eat in order to thrive.

The Singita School of Cooking

In South Africa's Kruger National Park, the Singita School of Cooking trains eight to ten students from local communities to learn the skills required for successful careers in the kitchen. Sponsors can choose to support a single student through the 18-month program to receive regular updates on their progress.

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