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Charities that Fight Hunger

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Looking to make a difference in the world? One of the greatest problems today is hunger. While many of us enjoy the pleasures of dining out, there are millions of people, many children, in America and around the World that do not get enough to eat. This problem is fixable. A good start to ending hunger is to get involved locally, donate or volunteer at your city's food bank or soup kitchen. Here is a list of ten organizations that will use your charitable donations to fight hunger.

1. Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is committed to ending world hunger. "The mission of Action Against Hunger is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster. From crisis to sustainability, we tackle the underlying causes of malnutrition and its effects by using our expertise in nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy."

A 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and Grade A from Charity Watch.

2. Feeding America

The #1 charity in America fighting hunger. "Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest, is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than nine million children and nearly three million seniors. Our network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Feeding America network secures and distributes more than two billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually."

4-stars from Charity Navigator.

3. Bread for the World Institute

This faith-based organization confronts American and World Leaders about their policies to end hunger everywhere. "Bread for the World Institute (BFWI) provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. The Institute educates its advocacy network, opinion leaders, policy makers and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad. BFWI is the research and educational partner of Bread for the World, generating studies on hunger issues and vital educational resources. We believe that a well-educated and motivated U.S. constituency who care for hungry people will ultimately change the politics of hunger. BFWI helps U.S. citizens tell the story of hungry people in their communities and see our connections to hungry people around the world. By empowering people with information, Bread for the World Institute affects real progress toward ending hunger."

Grade A from Charity Watch and 4-stars from Charity Navigator.

4. Food Bank for New York City

This organization oversees feeding New York City's hungry, a big job for anyone. "The Food Bank For New York City was founded in 1983 to address the growing needs of people seeking emergency food assistance in New York City. Food Bank For New York City recognizes 25 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization.

Working to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs, the Food Bank's initiatives focus on direct services, food sourcing and distribution, nutrition and health education, financial empowerment, disaster relief and policy and research. The Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of approximately 1,000 food assistance programs citywide.+

The Food Banks gets a Grade A from Charity Navigator and 4-stars from Charity Watch.

5. Freedom from Hunger

This California-based charity has been helping the poor for over 70 years. "Established in 1946, Freedom from Hunger is an international development organization that brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Freedom from Hunger combines microfinance with health and education services to equip very poor families to improve their incomes, safeguard their health and achieve lasting food security."

Grade A- from Charity Watch and 3-stars from Charity Navigator.

6. The Hunger Project

The mantra of this global organization is - Empowering Men and Women to End Their Own Hunger. "Founded in 1977, The Hunger Project is a global, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, The Hunger Project empowers people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children. The Hunger Project carries out its mission through three essential activities: mobilizing village clusters at the grassroots level to build self-reliance, empowering women as key change agents, and forging effective partnerships with local government."

Grade A from Charity Watch and 3-stars from Charity Navigator.

7. Heifer International

The mission of Heifer International is to empower people and get out of poverty. Part of the way they do this is by donating livestock such as cows, goats, chickens, etc. or funding similar programs. "Founded in 1944, Heifer Project International is a sustainable development organization that works to end hunger and poverty and protect the earth. Through livestock, training and Passing on the Gift, Heifer has helped 15.5 million families in more than 125 countries improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance. Heifer helps build strong communities because each project participant Passes on the Gift of their animal's first female offspring, training in its care and in sustainable agriculture to another family in need, multiplying the benefit."

3-stars from Charity Navigator.

8. Meals on Wheels

Aimed at ending Senior Hunger, Meals on Wheels delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. With almost 1 million volunteers, MOW is active in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Your charitable donations are best used by giving to a local Meals-on-Wheels organization.

9. Share Our Strength

The goal of SOS is for no child in America to grow up hungry. "Share Our Strength (SOS) is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We raise funds through our pioneering culinary events (Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, Great American Dine Out, A Tasteful Pursuit and Great American Bake Sale) and award grants to support successful organizations across the country that work to provide children and their families with the healthy food they need. Since our inception in 1984, we have raised over $245 million and provided support to more than 1,000 of the most effective hunger-relief organizations around the globe."

3-stars from Charity Navigator.

10. Food for the Hungry

This faith-based organization has worked since 1971 to end hunger globally.

Grade A- from Charity Navigator. Charity Watch reports that this charity is under investigation for misreporting the value of medicines used in 2009, among other things. No determination by the IRS has been made.

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