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The Hunger Site Awards More Than $30,000 to Six Charities for Thanksgiving


Seattle, WA, November 27, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Earlier this fall, The Hunger Site's nonprofit partner, GreaterGood.org, received an anonymous gift of stock worth more than $30,000. The world’s first “Click to Give” website chose to let its visitors decide how to divide this additional gift among six charities currently dealing with hunger issues. The final awards were announced this week, giving all six charities selected an extra gift for Thanksgiving.

More than one million votes were cast at The Hunger Site before the poll ended on November 23, 2009. The top three “vote-getters” on the site will receive grants of $10,000 each; they are: Forgotten Harvest, The Food Project, and Baal Dan. The runners-up will each receive awards of $1,000; they are: Cambodian Children’s Fund, Gardens for Health, and Millennium Promise.

Russ Russell, Chief Development Officer of Forgotten Harvest, said that the problem of hunger is growing in America, especially in the Detroit metropolitan areas served by his organization. “Forgotten Harvest is on the front line serving over 155 shelters, soup kitchens, and pantries with a goal of providing a record 18 million pounds of nutritious fresh produce, fruit, meats, juice, dairy, and bakery goods, all for 18 cents a meal!” he said.

A recent report released by U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that as many as one in seven families in the United States were food insecure, and as many as 17 million children do not receive adequate nutrition.

“A grant from The Hunger Site and GreaterGood.org will make a real difference to the youth of The Food Project and the communities they serve. It will support thriving farms and farmers’ markets in urban neighborhoods, transformative youth employment and development, and a vision of a better food system for all people,” said Polly Reeve, Director of Development at The Food Project. The nonprofit based in Massachusetts brings together teenagers and adults from diverse backgrounds to grow food on more than 40 acres of urban and suburban farms. This produce is then distributed to historically underserved neighborhoods where healthy, local food is often not readily available. The Food Project has become a model for other sustainable farming programs around the country.

Globally, the problem of hunger continues to grow worse. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that the number of hungry people could rise to 1.02 billion by the end of 2009.

“I am so thrilled that Baal Dan will be a recipient of this grant, and I would like to apply these funds to our feeding programs in India in 2010,” said Tanya Pinto, founder of Baal Dan. “Over 40% of children in India are malnourished. This is a serious issue and we need to do more to address nutritional needs. Baal Dan works directly with grassroots projects for children including orphanages and schools. We use funds to supply kids at these projects with daily hot meals. For many of them, this is the only meal they may get every day.”

More on The Hunger Site

The Hunger Site celebrated its tenth anniversary in June 2009. Since its inception as the world’s first “Click to Give” website, millions of people have clicked on the yellow button at www.thehungersite.com or shopped at The Hunger Site’s store. The result has been phenomenal, with more 657 million cups of food funded in the past decade for those in need in the United States and around the world.

The Hunger Site pioneered its web-friendly method of generating donations: a person clicks on the button, and sponsoring advertisers make donations triggered by that click. 100% of the money raised from the button’s sponsoring advertisers goes to fund food for the hungry through The Hunger Site’s current charity partners: Feeding America, Mercy Corps, and Millennium Promise (since August 2009).

More About The GreaterGood Network

Since 1999, the GreaterGood Network has grown to incorporate six popular sites devoted to a specific cause: The Animal Rescue Site (www.theanimalrescuesite.com), The Breast Cancer Site (www.thebreastcancersite.com), The Child Health Site (www.thechildhealthsite.com), The Hunger Site (www.thehungersite.com), The Literacy Site (www.theliteracysite.com), and The Rainforest Site (www.therainforestsite.com).

Currently, the GreaterGood Network’s donations through the “Click to Give” program, the Gifts That Give More, and shopping on the sites benefits more than 60 charities worldwide and exceeded $3.4 million in 2008. From January through August in 2009, the GreaterGood Network’s donations total $2 million, with the sites anticipating the greatest donations yet to come in the final quarter of 2009.

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