Giving Gifts: Food Presents for Charity

Charities benefit from these holiday foods.

Compartes Chocolatier African Truffles Caramelized plantain and cardamom coconut are among the five flavors infused in this truffle collection. Each organic chocolate comes emblazoned with a bright graphic of the African continent. Proceeds benefit Relief International's efforts in Darfur; $20 for a collection of five. Available at Compartes Chocolatier
Cookies for Kids' Cancer From oatmeal raisin to chocolate almond coconut crunch, the all-natural gourmet cookies at this cyber bake sale raise money for pediatric cancer research. Seven varieties, including Liam's lemon sugar cookie, named for the boy who inspired the charity, are hand-baked to order; $30 for a dozen. Support Cookies for Kid's Cancer
HimalaSalt This artisanal sea salt is sustainably hand-harvested from deep within the Himalayas. Essential minerals lend it a luminous pink hue and potent flavor. Five percent of the company's profit from sales of the salt, and from organic pink and green peppercorns (as shown in the gift box, $48), goes to environmental causes such as the Wilderness Society and Oceans Alive. Available at HimalaSalt
St. Francis & Vineyard Vines Whale of a Chardonnay The Sonoma winemaker St. Francis has teamed up with sportswear retailer Vineyard Vines on this limited-edition wine tote and chardonnay, made from grapes picked at night for crisp acidity. Together, they're $45, with $15 slated for the Waterkeeper Alliance, which protects the world's watersheds. Available at St. Francis
Hickory Farms Party Planner The 49-year old specialty food purveyor's gift box ($40) contains both turkey and beef Signature Summer Sausages, mustard, flavored crackers, and an array of cheeses, including an almond-covered cheddar-and-blue cheese ball. With each package sold, a $5 donation goes to Share Our Strength's childhood hunger campaign. Available at Hickory Farms
Choice Organic Tea's The five aromatic teas part of Choice Organic Teas's "Good For All" collection--the crisp Oothu Garden Green, hearty Wild Forest Black, Decaffeinated English Breakfast, fresh Yerba Mate Mint, and jewel-tinted Roobios Superfruitmdash;may hail from four continents, but aim to do good for one cause: proceeds go to the Jane Goodall Institute. (Suggested retail price of $4.69 for 16-count box) Available at Choice Organic Tea
Women's Bean Project Firehouse chili, ten-bean soup and dill dip are among the gourmet mixes available through this social enterprise project. The recipes are prepared by hand and packaged by women who receive job training and life skills from the Colorado non-profit. Available at Women's Bean Project
Naumes Fruit The mellow-flavored Comice pears and gift baskets with smoked salmon or cranberry infusion are among the offerings at this family-owned pear grower. For every purchase, the company matches fresh fruit donations, pound-for-pound, to food bank networks across the country. Available at Naumes Fruit Gifts

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