6 Food Charities That Make It Fun to Give Back

Here, "soul food" means joining forces with these creative food initiatives, all to help support great charitable causes.

By Perri O. Blumberg with additional reporting by Kelsey McKinney

Play with your food via Canstruction.

Rally up a team and combine fun with charity work by partaking in Canstruction, a nationwide nonprofit organization that hosts competitions to build sculptures out of canned goods. The winning artwork goes on exhibit to help spread word of mouth about the cause; and after the show ends, all cans are donated to local food banks.

Love with Food

Share the love with food.

Fight hunger twice with one festive box: For every $10 gourmet food box you buy or gift from LoveWithFood.com, a meal is donated to a hungry child. The packages change themes each month—everything from “Weird, Wild, and Wonderful” foods picks from the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern to curated international treats.


Donate through AmpleHarvest.org.

According to AmpleHarvest.org, one out of six Americans go without fresh fruits and vegetables. Got extra produce in your garden? Type in your zip code, and the site matches you to locate a nearby food bank where you can drop off your bounty.

Rock out with Farm Aid.

In September 2013, music legends will take the stage to raise funds for Farm Aid, a non-profit organization founded by Willie Nelson to support independent family farmers, thousands of whom are being pushed off their land due to industrial agricultural. The annual benefit concert—highlighting Nelson and countless others—is currently sold out but stay tuned for updates and how everyone can get involved including in the concert events @farmaid.

Food Research and Action Center

Take the SNAP challenge.

Did you know the average person on food stamps receives about $4 a day? For one in two children in America, surviving on this is reality. Take the eye-opening SNAP challenge and pledge to live on a food stamp budget for a week; you'll experience firsthand the daily struggle of millions of Americans to avoid hunger and stay healthy. The Food Research and Action Center website can help you mobilize locally and connect to other challenge-takers (including Congress members), even providing a handy list of sample tweets to use to help raise awareness in your area.

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Screen A Place at the Table.

This harrowing documentary about malnutrition in America profiles everyday people—many of whom you’d never suspect grapple with the heartache of hunger—and includes insightful commentary from celebrity activists like Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio. Visit the film's website and enter your zip code to learn how to host a screening, volunteer, advocate, or donate in your community.

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Support veterans by Cooking with the Troops.

Cooking with the Troops is a nonprofit organization for veterans that offers job help in the food industry as well as overall morale boosts through food-related events such as barbecues, cooking lessons, and more. Nonmilitary are welcome to donate or get involved; details here.

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