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Natural disasters, economic downturns, and decreasing government resources put pressure on both domestic and international food programs in 2011.
GreaterGood.org grants for hunger relief were evenly split into three main areas: support of domestic food banks, international relief efforts, and long-term programs seeking to address the root causes of poverty and hunger.
When tornadoes struck the Midwest, GreaterGood.org gave grants to Bay Area Food Bank, Ozarks Food Bank, and the Mid-South Food Bank. Floods and hurricanes prompted additional support for the Mississippi Food Bank and Weinberg Food Bank.
GreaterGood.org also supported the efforts of Feeding America to supply food banks and school programs across the United States.
When the tsunami struck Japan earlier in 2011, GreaterGood.org supported longtime charity partner Mercy Corps in their efforts to provide both emergency supplies to the stricken region as well as resources for locals seeking to reestablish fishing fleets and other necessary sources of food and income.
As the famine grew in the Horn of Africa this summer, GreaterGood.org increased donations to Mercy Corps’ efforts there as well.
The 2011 recipients of GreaterGood.org grants to fight hunger and poverty include Millennium Village, Baal Dan Charities, Cambodian Children's Fund, Cojolya, Dafur Stove Project, Foundation For the People of Burma Friends of the World Food Program, Friendship Bridge, Fundacion Tradiciones Mayas, Gardens for Health International, Gifted Hands, Haitian Health Foundation, Mapendo International Inc., MSUK (Manob Sakti Unnayan Kendro), Nepal Youth Foundation, Planet Care/ GHAP, Save The Rain, SETU - The Bridge to Artisans, Soles4Souls, Inc., SPEED Trust, The Food Project, Women of Hope Project, Women's Bean Project, among others.
Overall, GreaterGood.org gave more than $3.1 million to 111 charities operating in the United States and worldwide in 2011. Support for these charities was made possible in part by The Hunger Site, the Gifts That Give More [tm] program, and other donations.