Food for Change: 5 Food Groups Doing Great Work
Editor's note: In "Food for Change," we'll profile groups out there connecting people to better food access. In this series we want to applaud the passionate people and organizations doing meaningful work with food in their communities. Please share tips for others to include in this column in the comments below.
- ioby is a new donation platform for community environmental projects that need seed funding. Similar to Kickstarter, the site lets you choose a worthy project—in your neighborhood, or anywhere in the country—and donate money to their cause. You can also donate to the organization as a whole. Causes include community gardens, beautification projects, urban farms, recycling campaigns, and more.
- Want to address world hunger and eat delicious granola, at the same time? Impact Foods will donate a hunger pack through their partner, Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions, for every bag of granola purchased. The company aspires to blend philanthropy with food service, and their granola is made of 100% natural ingredients.
- The National Gardening Association's Adopt a School Garden program allows donors to directly support the growth and development of a school garden. Gardens can be incorporated into curriculum so students can learn necessary academic skills in an alternative, beautiful setting. They also provide a natural opportunity for teaching young children how to grow their own veggies.
- Cookies for Kids' Cancer organizes bake sales across the country to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The group provides plenty of resources and tips for getting started with your own bake sale, and also sells pre-made cookies through their online store. Donations to this 501c(3) are tax-deductible, and the group has already raised thousands for their cause.
- The Full Belly Project funds simple agricultural machines that help small farmers around the world increase their productivity and thus their income. Smallholders are among the poorest and hungriest people in the world, and even a simple peanut sheller or solar-powered water pump can make the difference between a healthy diet and hunger for those families.
About the Author: A student in Providence, Rhode Island, Leah Douglas loves learning about, talking about, reading about, and consuming food. Her work has also been featured in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.