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It’s more important than ever to shop according to your values, and on World Hunger Day you’ll want to support companies that will do the most good with your money. Thankfully, thanks to calls for transparency from consumers and successful grassroots organizing, there’s no lack of value-laden brands that prioritize giving back to underserved communities.
Many mission-driven companies have been able to garner more widespread awareness with the help of celebrity-facing collaborations and partnerships, such as Kristen Bell’s This Saves Lives snack brand, which sends life-saving food to those in need, or Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop Campaign, whose proceeds go towards supporting the World Food Programme (WFP).
Of course, the easiest way to support the cause is by giving to these charities directly. Consider donating to places like World Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels and Heifer International, among countless other organizations dedicated to achieving food equity across the globe.
But if you’re interested in supporting brands that give to similarly-aligned charities, we rounded up the best companies to buy from on World Hunger Day, and every day.
This Saves Lives Snack Bar
Kristen Bell founded This Saves Lives in 2013, alongside Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell and Ravi Patel as a way to put an end to acute malnutrition in children. They send life-saving food to children in need with every purchase of their low-calorie snack bars, fun-flavored treats for kids and colorful krispy treats.
Project 7 Gum
Project 7 was founded in 2008 as a way to provide healthier sweets for kids, while also helping to fund areas of critical need in the world, such as clean drinking water, shelter and hunger. They became known for their whimsical-flavored chewing gum (birthday cake, rainbow ice and cotton candy, to name a few) and quickly expanded into a fun assortment of gummies, lollipops and sour ropes that you can buy guilt-free, knowing that your proceeds are going to organizations that are doing good for the world.
The Soulfull Project Instant Oatmeal
For every serving of a Soulfull Project item that is purchased, one is donated to a food bank in that same region. The vegan cereal company prides themselves on their clean label, which boasts raw and quality ingredients without GMOs or unhealthy preservatives.
Cotopaxi Travel Pack
The one-of-a-kind camping backpacks from Cotapaxi are made out of fabric left over from other companies’ larger production runs as a way to mitigate waste. In addition to their impressive sustainability practices, however, is their Cotapaxi Foundation, through which they allocate 1% of their annual earnings to support global poverty alleviation.
Love with Food Snack Box
The always-surprising snack subscription service delivers a monthly curation of low-sugar snacks to your door. With every box purchased, Love with Food donates at least one meal to an American family in need through their partnership with Feeding America. Since 2012, they’ve successfully donated over a million meals.
The classic BlenderBottle is perfect for protein shakes, smoothies, pancake batter and more. This one has updated features including a patented loop top, ergonomic flip cap and tapered stout. They’re among the many companies showing support for World Hunger Day this year.
Watch Hunger Stop LOVE T-Shirt
Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign gives 100% of their proceeds to WFP’s school meals program, with the aim of feeding children around the world to help them grow, learn and thrive. Made from organic cotton, this t-shirt features a heart design, as a reference to this year’s campaign slogan “Food is Love — Share Your Heart,” alongside the words “food is love” imprinted on the back.