As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to consider advocacy groups and charitable organizations who can use every little bit of help they can get in furthering their missions. For my part, I focus my work heavily on real food organizations – both locally and nationally. It’s through these organizations that we can work together to educate the public about real food, traditional nutrition, wellness for our children and sustainable agriculture. Further, its through these groups that we can fight for consumer rights and help to end childhood hunger both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the organizations that I support, and I hope that you can find it in your heart to support them too.
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and Foundation
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is a 501(c)4 social welfare nonprofit organization committed to protecting the rights of the nation’s family farms, artisanal producers and the consumers who support them. The foundation relies on memberships and private donations, and it provides legal support and counsel for small farms. Further, it engages in litigation on behalf of small family farms and artisanal food producers in support of food rights. Notable cases include Morningland Dairy in which Missouri embargoed 50,000 lbs of artisan cheese though there had been no reports of illness against the dairy, as well as the case of Bakers Green Acres in which a Michigan Farmer was told it was no longer legal for farmers to raise heritage breed pigs outside on pasture. You can join the fund and support their work directly here.
The Savory Institute
The Savory Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to educating the public about holistic management and planned managed grazing as an avenue to restore the world’s grasslands and reverse desertification. Their work emphasizes how holistic management of livestock can dramatically improve fauna of the world’s grasslands and build soil. You can listen to an empowering Ted Talk by their founder and president in here. Further, the work of the Savory Institute illustrates how holistic management plays a critical role in not only replenishing grasslands and reversing desertification, but also combatting climate change. They work throughout the world. You can learn more about the organization here.
Price-Pottenger Nutritional Foundation
The Price-Pottenger Nutritional Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to teaching the value of traditional diets for achieving optimal health in the modern world. Through their library of research and educational materials, they provide concrete, trustworthy and reliable information about the importance of nutrient-dense traditional whole foods for achieving optimal wellness. Their organization focuses primarily on the work of Drs. Weston Price and Francis Pottenger whose research provides scientific validation for the traditional wisdom behind eating whole, nutrient-dense foods, food production and health. You can learn more about the organization here.
Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on ending childhood hunger in the United States. With 1 in 5 children going hungry in the America, their work is critical to the welfare of the nation’s youngest residents. They seek to not only to connect children in need with access to food, but they also provide educational support focused on teaching parents and families how to prepare affordable meals. The organization also engages the public to educate them about childhood hunger, while hoping to make an end to childhood hunger a national priority. You can learn more about them here.
Oxfam is a global organization and a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose work focuses on righting the wrongs of poverty, injustice and hunger. In their effort to address issues surrounding hunger and poverty, they provide considerable support for farming (both rural and urban) through their campaigns – helping to create a better food system for the world as a whole. You can learn more about their organization here.
Your Local Food Bank
Lastly, consider supporting your local food bank either through a donation of dry goods, fresh foods (if accepted) or with a financial gift. Providing support to organizations close to home is critical in developing a system of community support and wellness. You can find a list of food banks here.