12 Healthy Food Brands That Give Back in Big Ways
In the wake of events like Hurricane Harvey, we’re reminded how important it is to give back—not only after natural disasters, but in our everyday lives. Whether you’re grabbing your morning coffee or picking up a box of mac and cheese at the grocery store, you can choose food companies that make a real effort to give back. Here are 12 options that are as delicious as they are socially conscious.
Everyone’s favorite grocery store (well, ours at least) has been fighting hunger for decades by donating food that isn’t fit for sale but still safe to eat to local food pantries. Last year the company donated $341 million in food products to local organizations. That’s a lot of frozen burritos.
The Berkeley-based coffee company is dedicated to more than just brewing a great cup of joe: It partners with nonprofits and organizations that support their coffee bean farmers. Right now, the company works with TechnoServe, World Coffee Research, Coffee Kids, and Grounds for Health. Peet’s People & Planet initiative also supports the communities and environment where the coffee is grown.
As displaced Texas animals make their way to new states and shelters, The Farmer's Dog stands behind the organizations that are helping them heal and find new homes. They're supporting St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, the New Jersey-based organization that mobilized to welcome 78 shelter dogs from Texas by hosting The Farmer’s Dog Harvey Relief Drive.
This line of nut and seed butters isn’t just healthy because it’s organic; the company is healthy in its outlook too. Sales of every jar help support the nonprofit Project Left Behind, which supports orphaned and neglected children around the world.
Founder Paul Newman famously said, “Let’s give it all away,” about the profits from his line of salad dressings, pasta sauces, cookies, drinks, and so much more. The company still lives by the famous actor and philanthropist’s vision, having donated all of its profits, more than $485 million, to nonprofits worldwide.
The company’s mac and cheese is a smarter choice for kids, but the brand is also dedicated to making kids smarter and healthier. Annie’s donates grants for school gardens, as well as to organizations that teach children about real food and why it’s important. Plus, Annie’s awards scholarships to folks who are trying to build more sustainable farming practices. Cheesy? We think not.
The snack-food company is raising the bar on philanthropy: Each month, the KIND Foundation gives a $10,000 grant to a socially impactful organization. Its KIND People program also celebrates and rewards individuals who have gone above and beyond to help others in their time of need.
Feel even better about what you’re feeding your little one. The innovative organic baby-food company supports Project Peanut Butter, which is dedicated to feeding hungry children in Africa, and has donated to the nonprofit The Small Things with the goal of building a Happy Family Children’s Village for orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania.
Founder Justin Gold cocreated Whole Planet’s Microloan-a-Month program, which awards a microloan to an entrepreneur in a developing country every month. The nut butter company, which got its start at the Boulder Farmer’s Market, also supports Naturally Boulder, an organization that supports growth in Colorado’s natural products industry.
This fair-trade, non-GMO, kosher line of chocolate and chocolate snacks gives you one more reason to reach for your favorite sweet: It donates 10 percent of its net profits to GiveBack Partners, which include organizations such as the Rainforest Trust, Wildlife Conservation Network, and African Wildlife Foundation.
If your two obsessions are your dog and your morning cup of coffee, these are the beans for you. When you order a subscription from the organic, fair-trade roaster, 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the partner rescue organization closest to you to help give pups a second chance.
We appreciate a literal product name, and in this case, it couldn’t be more true. Every time you purchase a snack bar, the company’s nonprofit partner makes a meal to be delivered to a child in need. It’s all part of the founders’ passion for eradicating childhood malnutrition.