How to Really Help Feed the Hungry

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World hunger can seem like an overwhelming problem. But there are actually lots of small steps you can take to make a big difference.

Step 1: Pick a good charity
Pick a good charity — meaning one that is run efficiently. Go to “www.charitywatch.org”:http:// for rankings.

Tip
Action Against Hunger gets an A+ from Charity Watch.

Step 2: Make donations automatic
Figure out what you can spare and then make your donations automatic. Many charities allow you to pledge a monthly amount that they deduct from your checking account or post to your credit card.

Step 3: Fast once a month
Research shows that fasting one day a month reduces your risk of heart disease. Why not make it a win-win situation — better your health and donate the money you saved on meals to a hunger charity.

Step 4: Give the gift of food
Make charitable donations to food banks in lieu of birthday gifts, wedding favors, sympathy flowers, and so on — and ask people to do the same for you.

Step 5: Think before you buy
Once a month, stop yourself from making a nonessential purchase and set the money aside for hunger relief. Get your friends to do the same, and turn it into a friendly competition by posting running tallies on your Facebook pages.

Tip
For $3, you could either download a few songs or have the World Food Program feed two hungry children for a week.

Step 6: Improve your vocabulary
Improve your vocabulary — and help feed the world’s poor at the same time — by going to “www.freerice.com”:http:// and answering multiple choice questions on word definitions. For each correct answer, the site donates 20 grains of rice to the hungry.

Did You Know?
“Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation — when postal workers in 50 states take in over 70 million pounds of food.

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