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Be Sweet to Your Honey: Hunger Site's Beekeeping Gift Gives More

The Hunger Site’s “Beekeeping” Gift helps families in Central America supplement their income by raising honeybees.

Seattle, WA, August 25, 2008 --( The Hunger Site’s popular Gifts That Give More™ program allows visitors to the site to donate to a specific project and then send a proof of that charitable gift to a loved one.

The Hunger Site’s “Beekeeping” Gift helps families in Central America supplement their income by raising honeybees. Working with Mercy Corps’ Small Species Project, the $65 gift goes directly to the families living in rural areas to help them set up honey bee hives and train them in how to care for the bees and harvest the honey.

For small coffee farmers who have been adversely affected by wildly fluctuating prices, this type of beekeeping is a new skill that provides more economic stability and opportunity.

Recently, Mercy Corps helped families in Xalache, a Mayan village in northern Guatemala, set up 20 hives. After the first year, the villagers were able to use their honey profits to purchase supplies for another 18 hives and add money to the community's savings-and-loan cooperative to help community members buy livestock and increase their production of cardamom and corn.

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Launched in 1999, The Hunger Site is the Internet’s oldest “click to give” website and has proved the ability of the Internet to bring people together to make a difference. On average, more than 220,000 individuals visit The Hunger Site each day. When people make the simple action of clicking on the yellow button on the site’s home page every day, the result over time is literally thousands of tons of food for the world’s hungry through money provided by sponsoring advertisers. The Click to Give program is free for site visitors. The Hunger Site is part of the GreaterGood Network of websites.

Through two charity partners, Mercy Corps and America’s Second Harvest, The Hunger Site’s Click to Give program alone distributed the equivalent of nearly 50 million cups of food (2,813.3 metric tons) in 2007.

In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives More™ for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70,000 for the Foundation for the People of Burma (FPB). Approximately $49,000 was sent to FPB within two weeks after Cyclone Nargis struck, allowing the agency to provide vital services within the first fourteen days after the disaster.

Other recent additions to the Gifts That Give More™ program include response to earthquake victims in China and help for victims of the Midwest floods in the United States.


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The GreaterGood Network of Click to Give websites include: The Animal Rescue Site (, The Breast Cancer Site (, The Child Health Site (, The Hunger Site (, The Literacy Site (, and The Rainforest Site ( Approximately 4 million unique visitors view these websites each month.
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