About: The Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) leads its community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Started in 1983 with the idea to feed the community, they have thrived ever since, feeding 71,000 people in 13 counties through their 800 partners as of last year. Remarkably, they’ve figured out how to stretch a $1 donation to purchase $8 worth of groceries. Their fight to end hunger is rooted in being a helping hand for their neighborhood.
Backpack Program: NIFB has a backpack program that helps to put backpacks full of nutritious meals into the hands of children every Friday for a weekend of meals.
Education: By hosting multiple events, from the Foodie 5K to A Taste That Matters, Culinary event, the NIFB brings awareness to the importance of finding different ways to end hunger. The NIFB also partner’s with local senior housing units to provide monthly meals while keeping dietary needs in mind through the Senior Food Program.
More about our impact with the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
About: The Capital Area Food Bank creates access to good, healthy food for people in the Washington D.C. area. They believe that nutritious food is a basic human right, and they are critical to the health and wellbeing of their community members, distributing over 35 million meals a year.
Backpack Program: With over 200,000 teens and kids at risk of hunger in the Washington D.C. area, Capital Area Food Bank provides weekend meals for youth by working with 64 schools and churches. On a daily basis, the Kids Café allows free, healthy meals for youth daily afterschool at 90 different locations. During the summer months, an old converted school bus supplies over 300 meals Monday through Friday.
Education: Capital Area Food Bank goes beyond just supplying healthy food to those in need. They also work to educate through nine different programs including Cooking Matters and their own unique program, Face Hunger.
More about our impact with the Capital Area Food Bank.
About: Since their start in 1992, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia (FBNG) has made over 79 million meals, committed to their mission of alleviating poverty and helping the hungry. In 2013 alone, they made 9 million meals, thanks to their supportive community and absolute dedication to the cause.
Backpack Program: The FBNG found that school wasn’t just for learning for the youth in the community, for some it was kids only source of food. They created a program called Food 2 Kids to alleviate the worry about food on nights and weekends. Students go home with a bag of snacks and meals that require no cooking and nutritious. This is the only program at FBNG that relies on monetary donations as food is purchased to ensure food is nutritional, child friendly, and balanced to support growing children.
Education: The FBNG helps to bring awareness through different events along with volunteer opportunities. They offer the community to old their own food drives and compete in fun competitions such as the Hunger Bowl.
More about our impact with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
About: For over 38 years, Gleaners Food Bank of Southern Michigan has been focused on the entire community of southeast Michigan to help end hunger by providing nutritional , high quality food to its clients. GFBSM partners with Citizens Bank, who matches every donated dollar the food bank receives. This is a major contribution as GFBSM purchased 38% of the food they give to the hungry.
Backpack Program: The GFBSM has a backpack program that provides nutritious bags of food for local students who are on free or reduced lunch and who would otherwise not have food for the weekend. They also have a program called Smartbites, which provides schools with nutritious snacks for teachers to pass out to students who may be hungry throughout the school day or in afterschool tutoring programs.
Education: In 2013, Gleaners adopted a three-year strategy to continue the reduction of hunger in southeast Michigan by promoting self-sufficiency through education and access. They’ve come to the realization that hunger cannot be solved simply by feeding the hungry, but by educating people in budgeting, cooking and taking advantage of resources.
More about our impact with the Gleaners Food Bank of Southern Michigan.
About: The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank mobilizes resources to fight hunger, and they strive for their vision of no person going hungry in Los Angeles County. Over the last 40 years, they have provided over 1 billion pounds of food to their clients with over 31,000 volunteers. Out of their 1 million recipients, nearly a quarter are children under 18.
Backpack Program: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank participates in a backpack program that gives 825 children a backpack filled with six meals every Friday, enough to feed them for the weekend. Since the program began in 2006, their efforts have created a healthier community, and they are now working to expand it. They also have a Kids Café program that helps significantly in the summer months providing meals and snacks for over 6,000 children.
Education: They provide both nutritional education and health education services to children, teens adults and seniors. They put an emphasis on importance of healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices by using their resources to create meals and spread the knowledge, fighting to end hunger in their community.
More about our impact with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
About: The North Texas Food Bank passionately pursues a hunger-free community, providing 62 million nutritious meals in the last year alone. Out of every dollar they receive, 93 cents goes to hunger relief programs. They have 250 partner agencies over 1,000 locations throughout their 12-county service area, and they remain dedicated to helping every individual in need within their vast community.
Backpack Program: The North Texas Food Bank’s program, Food 4 Kids, gives a backpack full of food for the weekend to over 11,000 chronically hungry children every Friday. They also have a Kids Café that provides 1,600 students after school meals, and it keeps going through the summer with lunch and snacks for over 2,400 children.
Education: The North Texas Food Bank knows that education is a critical way to help prevent hunger. They provided 25 six-week courses in 2014 with 508 participants learning about nutrition, budgeting, safety and cooking. The North Texas Food Bank Hunger Center is a program committed to building knowledge as a way to end hunger through research and development of new strategies.
More about our impact with the North Texas Food Bank.
Join us at the 2015 Foodie 5K sponsored by the Northern Illinois Food Bank! The community fun
run/walk and post-run festival is just a little over a two months (April 11th), and we could not be more excited to donate our time and efforts to this awesome cause.
How would your participation or monetary contributions help those in need? The Northern Illinois Food Bank works to help solve hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need. This is done through partnerships with other like-minded organizations.
For every $1 donated, theNorthern Illinois Food Bank provides $8 worth the groceries. Your donations are multiplied eight-fold, making even the smallest donation beyond relevant.
We had so much fun last year, that we’ve got a That’s Caring team running this year’s 5K! Join us or start a team of your own.
For more information about That’s Caring and its one-for-one model providing non-perishable food items to hungry children in the Northern Illinois area, visit www.thatscaring.com.
There are a lot of terms thrown around when discussing hunger, and not all of them have obvious meanings. Learn the basics of the hunger discussion with this helpful list of terms and definitions. Knowledge is the first step to eradicating the worldwide hunger problem! Help us to fight hunger and give happiness.
- balanced diet—a diet that contains adequate amounts of all the necessary nutrients required for healthy growth and activity (Princeton)
- food insecurity—consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year (USDA)
- food insecure household—consistent condition reported by households with very low food security or access to money and other nutrition resources (USDA Economic Research Service)
- food security—when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life (World Health Organization)
- hunger—the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food; craving appetite. Also, the exhausted condition caused by want of food. The want or scarcity of food in a country. A strong desire or craving (Oxford English Dictionary)
- malnutrition—also known as “undernutrition,” referring to a lack of some or all nutritional elements necessary for human health (Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia)
- micronutrient deficiency—a lack of vitamins and minerals in the body (worldhunger.org)
- nutrition—the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically, the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
- poverty—the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions; also, a debility due to malnutrition (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
- protein-energy malnutrition—a lack of calories and protein in the body (worldhunger.org)
- starvation—suffering or death caused by having nothing to eat or not having enough to eat (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
- subsidized lunch—lunch acquired with support or assistance of an outside grant
- vulnerability—capable of being physically or emotionally wounded (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
- world hunger—the want or scarcity of food in a country aggregated to the world level (World Hunger website worldhunger.org)
As most of you know, That’s Caring didn’t start out as a company hoping to solve hunger problems in the United States. We actually began as an eco-friendly, socially-responsible gift basket company producing “green” gift baskets from “green” sources way back before “green” was the new thing. We still use a few socially-responsible elements in our products, of course (Theo’s fair-trade chocolates and Bright Endeavors’ soy candles in recycled wine bottles, for example), but we now have a cause that’s even nearer and dearer to our hearts (and, after how much we loved the eco-friendly one, we didn’t even know that was possible).
That’s Caring has joined the ranks of several other organizations worldwide to help fight the damaging effects of childhood hunger (see our The Cause tab on our website for more info on just what hunger does to a developing child). Every gift box purchased from our line of high-end gifts donates supplies for weekend bags which are distributed to children in the Chicago area—the fourth highest hunger rate in the USA—living in food-insecure households.
In case this cause means as much to you as it does to us, we wanted to show you a list of organizations helping to win the fight on hunger one purchase and donation at a time, nationally and worldwide.
2. Stop Hunger Now has a vision to stop world hunger. The organization supplies meals packaged by volunteers and including dehydrated, vitamin and mineral-dense soy and vegetable products along with seasonings. The nonperishable items are collected and donated to food pantries and shelters in the Raleigh area, keeping countless food-insecure area citizens from being hungry or malnourished.
3. Feeding America is the number one charity in America when it comes to fighting hunger with more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. They feed the hungry in America through a nationwide network of more than 200 nationwide (and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) member food banks that provide assistance to more than 25 million low-income individuals struggling with hunger in the United States. Nine million of those are children, and nearly three million are seniors.
4. The Hunger Project is an organization that partners with local government bodies to make sure that men and women are empowered to end their own hunger. With most of their work occurring in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, this group helps people become self-reliant, empowered, and effective when it comes to providing nutrition for themselves as well as their families, friends, and home villages.
5. Action Against Hunger: a company that strives to end world hunger, saving lives by eliminating hunger and hunger issues through preventing, detecting, and treating malnutrition. They are especially concerned with emergency situations of conflict, war, natural disaster, sustainability and crisis response, all aided through expertise in food security, water and sanitation, health, advocacy, and nutrition.
6. Heifer International, with its goal of helping people to become empowered as a means of getting themselves out of their own poverty, focuses its donations in two ways: through livestock—such as cows, chickens, goats, and more—or by funding programs that donate livestock. This sustainable organization trains families in more than 125 countries to improve their quality of life and become self-reliant, both of which help project participants, their families and friends, and their home areas become hunger secure.
7. City Harvest works to help the more than 1.7 million New York citizens currently living in poverty. The organization helps more than a million people each year fight off hunger by rescuing over 126,000 pounds of food per day, which is then donating to more than 500 community programs. With a goal to grow operations addressing the demand for emergency food, City Harvest is well on its way to becoming the go-to organization in the New York city limits and beyond.
8. Kids Against Hunger works hard to feed families and children worldwide. The organization’s mission states that they aim to reduce the number of hungry children in the US and throughout the rest of the world, shipping meals to starving children and families in over 60 countries and partnering with humanitarian organizations to help end world hunger for good.
9. Bread for the World Institute is a faith-based organization that educates advocacy network, opinion leaders, policy makers and the public about hunger in the US and worldwide. They generate studies on hunger, provide educational resources, and help to empower people with information so that they can affect real progress and real change toward ending hunger worldwide.
10. Based out of California, Freedom from Hunger has been around since 1946. The organization helps bring sustainable self-help solutions to aid against chronic hunger, combining microfinance with health and education services to allow families with little to no means of income achieve food security.
11. Loaves & Fishes sets its sights on helping food-insecure families feed themselves and their dependents for a week at a time through donations of a week’s worth of nutritious groceries. A nonprofit, nondenominational organization, Loaves & Fishes was on the efforts of a church in the late 1970’s that responded to a growing hunger problem in North Carolina, and has since expanded to a nationwide movement that provides the hungry with necessary foods.
12. Meals On Wheels Association of America sets its sights on decreasing the prevalence (and eventually ending) hunger in our senior citizens here in America. The organization delivers meals to people who are unable to purchase or make their own meals, keeping innumerable individuals from suffering from hunger or starvation. Meals on Wheels currently has nearly 1 million volunteers in all 50 States of U.S. Territories.