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World Hunger and Poverty

CARE - CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Church World Service - Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. Church World Service supports sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance, as well as educates and advocates on hunger-related issues. In the U.S., they help communities respond to disasters, resettle refugees, promote fair national and international policies, and provide educational resources.

City Harvest - Now serving New York City for more than 25 years, City Harvest is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women, and children. City Harvest collects excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to more than 600 community food programs throughout New York City. Each week, City Harvest helps over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.

Concern Worldwide (U.S.) Inc. - Concern Worldwide U.S., Inc. is an affiliate of Concern Worldwide and is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Volunteering for Concern Worldwide can range from organizing a fundraising event in your workplace, school or neighborhood, to joining one of the organizing committees for Concern Worldwide events. Examples of other types of volunteer opportunities include camera crews, producers and film editors who have given their time and talents to bring images from some of the most deprived areas of the world to the attention of the American public. In partnership with a number of academic institutions, Concern Worldwide offers a limited number of internships in their U.S. offices.

Feeding America - Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and to engage the country in the fight to end hunger. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. Their network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Feeding America network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. There are as many different ways to volunteer, as there are individuals and communities across this country. You can help out in your local community through activities such as tutoring kids at your local Kids Café, repackaging donated food for use at food pantries, transporting food to charitable agencies, and clerical work at the National Office. You can search their database of opportunities to find volunteering opportunities in your area.

Friends of the World Food Program - Friends of WFP is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief operations. Friends of WFP unites organizations and individuals committed to solving world hunger. Their education, advocacy and fundraising efforts in the United States support WFP’s life-saving global food assistance and development programs.

Heifer Project International - Heifer International is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. It provides gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially-disadvantaged families around the world.

Kiva - Kiva is an organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to microfinance institutions around the world (including the United States) which in turn lend the money to small businesses. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported by donations from its users and through partnerships with businesses and other institutions. Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending Web site, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) - The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The Meals On Wheels Association of America provides the tools and information its programs need to make a difference in the lives of others.

Mercy Corps - Mercy Corps is a non-profit organization engaged in humanitarian aid and development activities. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided more than U.S. $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach nearly 16.4 million people in more than 35 countries.

National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness - The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness is committed to ending hunger and homelessness in America by educating, engaging, and training students to directly meet individuals' immediate needs while advocating for long-term systemic solutions. The Web site contains student manuals and other hunger-related resources.

One - ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with policy experts, African leaders, and anti-poverty activists to mobilize public opinion in support of tested and proven methods for tackling poverty. One achieves change through advocacy. They hold world leaders to account for the commitments they've made to fight extreme poverty, and they campaign for better development policies, more effective aid and trade reform. They also support greater democracy, accountability and transparency to ensure policies to beat poverty are implemented effectively. ONE is a U.S.-based, technically nonpartisan, non-profit organization.

RESULTS - RESULTS is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. RESULTS is committed to individuals exercising their personal and political power by lobbying elected officials for effective solutions and key policies that affect hunger and poverty.

Share Our Strength - Share Our Strength is a national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States. Share Our Strength holds culinary events, solicits individual donations, and utilizes social media efforts to raise funds which are then used to fund long-term solutions to the hunger problem. Through corporate sponsorships, funds that Share Our Strength raises are then significantly magnified.

World Food Programme - The World Food Programme is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization. WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. Some 10,200 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry and poor.

World Vision - World Vision is a Christian humanitarian charity organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. They serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. These include earthquake and hurricane survivors, abandoned and exploited children, survivors of famine and civil war, refugees, and children and families in communities devastated by AIDS in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They offer a variety of ways to volunteer including organizing an event to raise funds for World Vision projects, sponsoring a child, working with their Women of Vision program which addresses the needs of impoverished and oppressed women and children around the world, working with the SchoolTools program which collects basic school supplies to assemble into kits for children in need here at home and around the world, getting involved in their KidREACH program which matches children with academic and/or social struggles with caring adults who serve as tutors and mentors, or volunteering at a World Vision office near you.