Hunger in U.S. at a 14-Year High
November 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2009, The New York Times — The number of Americans who lived in households that lacked consistent access to adequate food soared last year, to 49 million, the highest since the government began tracking what it calls “food insecurity” 14 years ago, the Department of Agriculture reported Monday.

Detroit to Get Kellogg Foundation Grant to Increase Healthy Food for Children
November 17, 2009

November 16, 2009, Crains Detroit — The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation plans to invest $32.5 million over three years in efforts to increase access to healthy food and physical activity for vulnerable children and their families in nine U.S. communities, including Detroit.

Tom's of Maine and Charity: Water Team Up to Fund Global Clean Water Projects With Instant, Mobile Donation Campaign
October 14, 2009

KENNEBUNK, Maine, October 14, 2009 —  Almost a billion people across the
planet do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Yet, in some
countries, a mere $5 can give one person clean water for five years. Today,
Tom's of Maine extends its ongoing commitment to doing good and supporting good in communities through a partnership with charity: water, the U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Through December 31, 2009, Tom's of Maine will match each $5 donation* made by texting WELL to 20222, up to $10,000, to fund important water projects in areas most in need. One hundred percent of the public's donations will go directly to freshwater projects. Tom's of Maine is also supporting charity: water's 100% model by providing additional funds to underwrite the costs of this campaign.

Whole Foods to Food Banks
September 29, 2009

September 29, 2009, The Washington Post — The Germantown woman was loading boxes of food from the Manna food bank into a shiny sport-utility vehicle one recent afternoon when she was approached by a donor dropping off food.

An Interview With Kristin Valentine, Director of Development, Bread for the City
September 1, 2009

Bread for the City began as a volunteer-run free health clinic in 1974. Shortly thereafter, it began distributing food and clothing to the poor of Washington, D.C. Over the years, the organization's programs grew to include a legal clinic, social services program and, most recently, an advocacy program. In 2002, Bread for the City opened its second full-service center in Southeast D.C., and currently is undergoing an $8.25 million capital campaign to expand its Northwest Center by 11,000 square feet. The goal is to break ground for this new project in fall 2009, with a projected move-in date of fall 2010

Bob Dylan Christmas Album Confirmed, to Benefit Charity
August 27, 2009

New York, August 26, 2009, Billboard — The holiday season is coming a bit early for Bob Dylan fans, as the legendary singer-songwriter is set to release his first Christmas album entitled "Christmas in the Heart" on October 13. Dylan has teamed up with Feeding America ( for this release and will donate all present and future U.S. royalties from the sales of "Christmas in the Heart" to this organization. Feeding America provides meal assistance, serving more than four million meals during the holiday season.

Home Depot Pledges $30-Million for Green-Building Effort
August 4, 2009

August 4, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — The home-repair and construction company Home Depot is pledging $30-million to help Habitat for Humanity International build affordable housing that is environmentally friendly.

Stimulus Law Bolsters Food Bank Offerings
August 3, 2009

July 29, 2009, The New York Times — Struggling to meet a demand for food that spiked with the unemployment rate, some food pantries have had to turn away people seeking help. Others are packing a little less food into each shopping bag they give out. But recently the nation’s food banks received a $100 million windfall of extra food, as part of the federal stimulus law.

Rebuilding Together, Lowe's Announce $1 Million Contribution
July 30, 2009

Washington, D.C., July 30,2009 — Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation today announced a $1 million grant award to Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership.