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NOTEWORTHY : World Water Day

One of the 663 million people on earth without access to clean water. Photo courtesy Charity Water.


Sufficient water supply and sanitation has been one of man’s primary challenges since the dawn of civilization. Lack of good sanitation systems polluted water supplies, engendering disease and epidemics.

In the early 19th century, governments in developed countries began to implement ways to assure a safe water supply for drinking and, modern sanitation systems to contain disease. But a third of the world’s population still, in undeveloped countries, still lives under ancient, dangerous conditions.

March 22nd is World Water Day, which acknowledges this water crisis.

Even where there is sufficient river and lake water, it often carries harmful organisms that engender disease and death. (The same was true in Europe and elsewhere before the advent of monitored municipal water systems.)

When you live in a country with excellent tap water and sanitation, it’s eye opening to realize that:

  • One in 10 people—663 million—lack access to safe water.
  • One in 3 people—2.4 billion—lack access to a latrine or other toilet.
  • A staggering 4500 children die daily from preventable, water-related illnesses. [Source]
    If you want to help, head to Action Against Hunger, which has clean water and sanitation initiatives in some of the most remote places of the world.

  • $400 helps install a rain water harvesting system
  • $250 helps provide a latrine
  • $100 helps build a well
  • $25 provides a ceramic water gilter
    Any contribution helps.
    Donate by midnight today and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Pur Water Filtration Systems. Thanks!



    HELP THE HUNGRY: It Doesn’t Take Much To Feed Hungry Children

    Your $20 will go a long way. Image courtesy Ad Council.


    Our mom is on a diet and didn’t want any sweets for Mother’s Day. She has a sun room that’s like a greenhouse, so she didn’t want us to send cut flowers.

    So we made a donation to Feeding America.

    Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. It helps to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks.

    While desperately needy people are hungry every day, summer is an especially challenging time. For these three months, millions of kids lose access to subsidized school lunches and breakfasts.

    For too many kids, these are the only meals they can rely on—and more than a few pack up their fruit or bread to take home for hungry preschool siblings.

    As you think about summer vacation, ask yourself if you can manage a $20 donation, which will provide 280 meals to children and their families.

    Plus, if you donate now, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will provide a matching grant to double your generosity.

    Donate here.




    JAPAN: Top Chefs Donate Recipes So You Can Help

    Some of the country’s renowned chefs have joined together to support Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

    The initiative, called KeepRecipes For Recovery, offers 21 Japanese recipes from nine chefs, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Annisa Executive Chef & Top Chef Masters alumna Anita Lo, Madonna’s personal chef Mayumi Nishimura and The New York Times columnists Mark Bittman and Amanda Hesser.

    Donate $10 or more by June 30th, and the 21 recipes are yours, via download.

    You can eat well and feel good about more than just the food.

    If you enjoy making feasts, prepare several recipes and invite friends for dinner and a donation to the Red Cross.

    You can be certain that the many thousands of people displaced by the recent natural disasters in Japan, now homeless and living in makeshift shelters, are grateful for your support.

    Browse the recipes.


    We love Masaharu Morimoto’s miso-glazed
    cod, one of 21 great recipes you’ll get for
    your donation. It’s from his book,
    Morimoto: The New Art Of Japanese Cooking.




    GOOD CAUSE: Make Bread Art, Help Hungry Children

    Bread art: tops in toast. Here, “The Card-
    master” by Dante of Providence, Rhode
    Island. Make your bread art—at no cost
    to you‚—and $1 will be donated to
    feed hungry children.

    Nearly 17 million children in America—almost one in four—struggle with hunger. Their families have a hard time putting food on the table.

    The non-profit Grain Foods Foundation has teamed up with food show host Melissa d’Arabian and Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization hoping to end childhood hunger in America by 2015, to help give hungry children access to nutritious meals.

    The Bread Art Project was created in 2009 by the Grain Foods Foundation to help increase awareness of the growing hunger problem in our country. Last year, visitors to created more than 25,000 pieces of Bread Art to raise more than $25,000 for hunger relief. This year, the Foundation hopes to double that amount in its support of Share Our Strength.

    How You Can Help @ No Cost!

    Now through June 30, 2010, just create a personalized piece of bread art by uploading a favorite drawing or photo, or designing a new one using a digital slice of bread as the canvas. For each piece of bread art created, the Grain Foods Foundation will donate $1 to Share Our Strength.


    There’s no cost to you—just create a fun piece of bread art. That $1 dollar donated by the Grain Foods Foundation on behalf of your piece can help provide three nutritious meals to a hungry child. Not-for-profit companies know how to stretch a dollar: $25 can help feed one child three healthy meals every day for a month; $100 can help provide 25 children facing hunger backpacks full of healthy food to feed them and their families over the weekend.

    • What are you waiting for? Head to, check out the great bread art already created, and make your own. In addition to helping a good cause, the gallery of bread art is pretty interesting. 


    EVENT: Share Our Strength’s Taste Of The Nation


    Enjoy something spectacular so kids can get
    basic nutrition. Food shown is not part of the
    event, but similar in spirit. Photo courtesy
    Restaurant Tru.

    Even in the world’s wealthiest nation, nearly 17 million children worry about where their next meal will come from. That’s nearly one in four children at risk of hunger, with limited access to the basic nutrition they need to develop to their full potential.

    Last night, Share Our Strength’s Taste Of The Nation tour launched in Charlotte, NC and Manchester, NH. It continues to 25 other cities from now through the end of June.

    Billed as “the nation’s premier event to end childhood hunger in America,” the event raises money by serving affluent food enthusiasts elegant fare from top chefs.

    Food, drink and services are donated, so 100% of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s programs.

    In Philadelphia, one of the tour cities, 24.5% of residents live below the poverty line and 260,000 people are “at risk for hunger.”

    That’s why those who can afford as much food as they’d like—and who appreciate the best food—are encouraged to take part.

    We won’t list all 25 cities here, but see if your city is on the tour and purchase tickets at Share Our Strength/Taste Of The Nation.

    You can also make a donation directly or in someone’s name. Maybe that’s what Mom would really prefer for Mother’s Day (May 9th).



    EVENT: Donate $1 To Save The World


    Much of the world has no running water, but
    with your $1 contribution they can have safe
    drinking water. Photo courtesy UNICEF.

    Think of all of the places in your travels where you’ve been warned, “Don’t drink the water!” It isn’t any safer for the people who live there than for tourists passing through.

    At home, few of us think twice when enjoying a refreshing glass of water—or brushing our teeth, for that matter. But in much of the third world, as you’ve no doubt heard many times, people don’t have clean drinking water—and get sick and die from unsafe water supplies.

    Approximately 900 million people worldwide, nearly half of them children, lack access to clean water. Young children are the first to become ill and die from waterborne and sanitation-related illnesses including diarrheal diseases and malaria. Lack of access to clean drinking water continues to be a leading killer for children under the age of five, worldwide. There are a staggering 24,000 daily deaths that are preventable.


    So what can you do about it, given your busy life?

    With $1, UNICEF can provide one child access to safe, clean water for 40 days.

    • A purchase of a bottle of Giorgio Armani’s men’s fragrance, Acqua di Gio For Men, during the month of March will generate a $1.00 donation to the UNICEF Tap Project, to provide clean water to children around the world.
    • Simply becoming a Facebook Friend on the Acqua di Gio Facebook page ( during the month of March will generate a $1.00 donation.
    • During World Water Week 2010, March 21-27, you can donate $1 or more for the tap water served to you at participating restaurants nationwide (you can find them at
    • You can donate $1 or more anytime online at This year’s funds will primarily support Haiti, Central African Republic, Guatemala, Togo and Vietnam. Even before the earthquake in Haiti, less than 60% of the population had access to safe water.

    For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit



    TRENDS: Feeling Charitable? Make A Small Donation!

    Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), provides bags of groceries to the hungry.

    While we’ve been eating favorite foods throughout the holiday season, some people don’t even have the basics, and go hungry. Please think of ending the year with a small donation—$5, $10 or more would be great—to this worthwhile endeavor.

    Your contribution is especially important NOW, because financial planning firm Ameriprise Financial has made a $100,000 matching grant that will double the value of your gift. That means every $5 you give will help provide 20 bags of groceries!

    While it’s a tight time for many of us, for too many desperate families in need, the food provided by Feeding America might be the only food they’ll have on the table. As you sit down to breakfast, lunch, or dinner today, think of those homes that have scant—or no—food.

    By the way, December 31st is the biggest “giving” day of the year for Americans, because it’s the last day to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution. According to The New York Times (December 17, 2009), charities raised 22.5 times more money on December 31 than any other average day last year. The entire last week of the year is a great week for giving, with the average gift size being 57% larger than the weekly average during the prior 51 weeks.



    Every $5 you donate provides 20 bags
    of groceries for truly hungry people.
    Image courtesy

    You’ve got four days to help out 20, 40, or more families with a much-needed bag of groceries. Thanks for considering!

    • Learn more about Feeding America and make a donation!
    • Also check out Good Earth plans to give 50% of its after-tax profits from sales of its tea and coffee, through February 28, 2010. You can purchase the products at Whole Foods Markets and other fine retailers. Anyone can vote for the top three charities that will receive the donations. 


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