In today's Dining Out column, I suggested that we all scale down an upcoming meal at a restaurant -- if planning a high-end meal, go out for a midrange one; if planning a midrange one, go out for cheap eats -- and donate the difference to an organization working to alleviate hunger.
Here are some organizations helping in the international, national, and local spheres. A * beside the name indicates a Better Business Bureau accredited charity. If you have a suggestion for an organization to donate to, feel free to post it here in the comments section. As always, check out any organization thoroughly before you give.
* Action Against Hunger. Working in countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe to fight malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war, and natural disaster.
* Freedom From Hunger. An international development organization working in 17 countries.
* Oxfam. An international relief and development organization seeking solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.
World Food Programme. The UN agency recently put out an appeal to donors; the increases in food costs deeply affect how far their money goes.
* American Farmland Trust. A different angle. This nonprofit works to change US farm policy, protect farmland from development, plan for agriculture to keep farming viable and help communities balance growth while protecting working land, and safeguard natural resources via environmental stewardship.
* America's Second Harvest. A network of more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Share Our Strength. A national organization fighting childhood hunger.
The Food Project. Farming in Lincoln and in Boston, the Food Project produces healthy food and teaches leadership to a diverse group of teens. Each season, they grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters. The rest is sold through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop shares and farmers’ markets.
Greater Boston Food Bank. Feeds more than 320,000 people annually in nine counties in eastern Massachusetts.
Project Bread. Funds 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, and food banks in Massachusetts; runs a statewide hunger hotline; works with schools to offer breakfast programs; and funds summer programs so kids get a nutritious meal when school's out. Its annual Walk for Hunger takes place on Sunday, May 4.
* Pine Street Inn. Offers shelter, food, and more for the poor and homeless. Pine Street prepares more than 1,600 meals a day.
* Rosie's Place. Meals, groceries, and other assistance for poor and homeless women.
Women's Lunch Place. Provides daytime shelter, food, and services to women who are homeless or poor.
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