5 charities with a food connection, well worth your end-of-year giving

FOODCORPS.ORGModeled after the Peace Corps, it sends young adults into schools to teach nutrition, gardening, and healthy cooking.COOKIESFORKIDSCANCER.ORGAfter her late son was diagnosed with cancer, Gretchen Holt Witt launched this to raise awareness and research funds. Bake sales across the U.S. have raised more than $4 million.

HEIFER.ORGA $20 donation buys a flock of chickens for families in impoverished areas; $120, a goat. Downstream benefits: Families donate offspring from their animals to other families in need.

FEEDINGAMERICA.ORGMore than 50 million Americans live in food-insecure households. Donations to Feeding America help stock food banks and deliver supplies to disaster-stricken areas.

FREEDOMFROMHUNGER.ORGFreedom from Hunger works with women worldwide to help them obtain microfinancing, establish small businesses, and get basic financial education—so they can feed and provide for their families.

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