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Giving Tuesday: Make a difference through these amazing food organizations

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From fighting hunger to supporting family farms, consider these charities on Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday — why not extend your Thanksgiving celebration and show your gratitude by donating to a food organization?

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Since it began, charitable organizations have seen an estimated 470 percent increase in donations on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. You could take part in that incredible wave of goodwill this year.

The following are worthy organizations working on fighting hunger, working to get healthier food into communities and schools and on supporting family farms.

No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength

This organization connects kids in need with nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals, teaches low-income families how to stretch their food budgets to include healthy meals at home and educates families on meal planning, shopping strategies and nutrition.

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Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute focuses on engaging the community, farmers and the media and educating them on the principles and economics of sustainable and organic agriculture.

Farm Aid

Farm Aid seeks to empower and support family farms by working to get their food in stores and restaurants as well as by educating the community on the benefits of eating food from small family farms.

Slow Food USA

Slow Food USA works to promote healthy, seasonal, local eating, with an eye toward keeping this food affordable for everyone and making sure it is grown and produced with methods that aren't harmful to the environment or human health.

Chef Ann Foundation

Founded by Ann Cooper, chef and author, this organization's mission is to provide schools with the education and tools they need to provide students with healthy, made-from-scratch meals featuring fresh, whole foods.

Feeding America

Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the U.S. This national network of food banks provides more than 3.6 billion meals to food-insecure communities every year.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a national organization with more than 5,000 local programs throughout the country. They provide meals to seniors, but those delivering the meals are also a source of security and companionship to those they are bringing food to.

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World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian hunger-fighting agency in the world.

UNICEF

UNICEF has a lot of aims, one of which is ensuring proper nutrition globally to help children get the best start in life and avoid the illness and cognitive delays that can be caused by hunger, especially in the first two years of life.

The Society of St. Andrew

This charity works with volunteers to go into farm fields after harvest and glean the still-edible produce in the field that would otherwise have been left to rot. It delivers the salvaged food to organizations across the country that fight hunger.

SeaShare

SeaShare's mission is to get healthy seafood into the nation's food banks.

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry

FHFH works with hunters to provide fresh game meat to local food banks.

ICNA Relief USA

This organization works through community outreach and service programs like soup kitchens, food pantries and meal delivery to help fight hunger in the U.S.

Feed the Children

Feed the Children's aim is to end hunger both nationally and internationally. The organization also focuses on ensuring communities have access to clean water, and it provides food and water to those who have been affected by disasters.

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