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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!


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    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.



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    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.



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    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. 

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    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).


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