7 Kids’ Charities That Make It Easy to Give Back This Season
Are you generous with your time and money? If you’re like most Americans, you probably are.
According to a recent report by the Charities Aid Foundation, 61 percent of Americans said they volunteered or made financial contributions to a charity organization last year. Overall, that made the U.S. the second most generous nation in a global survey involving 145 countries (Myanmar came out on top with 66 percent of charitable residents).
But with the holiday season in full swing, it can be tough to find the time to not only identify new charities but to actually organize your giving. To help you out, we’ve pulled together a list of organizations that support kids both across the ocean and in your own backyard. And some are even creating innovative ways for you to assist in their mission.
Didn’t think your foodie Instagrams could make a difference? Want your holiday shopping to do good? These groups make it possible to incorporate charitable giving at whatever level that works for you.
Help At-Risk South African Kids Get Healthy MealsThe Mission: To teach South African schoolchildren about healthy eating by providing a rotating menu of nutritionally fortified foods. The organization’s secondary focus is female empowerment, and it employs previously out-of-work women from local communities to help prepare and serve the food.
The Impact: Simply put, when kids are well fed, they have more energy and are better able to focus on other things — including their schoolwork — enabling them to create new lives for themselves.
“We’ve seen children who rely on The Lunchbox Fund as their sole food supply experience major academic success,” says Sophie Barnett, the organization’s digital coordinator. “A recent program graduate completed high school with honors and matriculated to college on a full engineering scholarship.”
The Lunchbox Fund launched 10 years ago, and in 2015 it provided 2.6 million meals to children in early childhood development centers, primary and secondary schools, and after-school homework assistance programs in townships and rural areas across South Africa.
“The program now feeds 13,000 children per day,” Barnett says. “Our current goal is to reach 50,000 children by 2017.”
How You Can Help: Because meals are only 25 cents each with 100 percent of proceeds going toward the mission, each of your donated dollars provides four meals for a child in need.
You can donate money through their site, and use social media to support the cause. Using the organization’s app, Feedie, you can take a picture of your meal at a participating restaurant across the U.S., Europe, Asia and South Africa, and the eatery will donate a meal to a child via The Lunchbox Fund.
Now that’s a “foodstagram” you can feel good about.