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Eat Well! 20 Food Companies That Are Giving Back

What we eat and the way we eat it can have a really positive impact on the world. For example, a few years ago our family cut back on meat to help the environment. Ever since then I’ve tried to be more conscious about our food and the impact it has, not just on our family’s health but on the world at large. I know I’m not the only parent who thinks this way!

There are many companies out there that not only make great products but are very thoughtful about their impact on the world. Whether it’s creating products for a group of people in need, donating proceeds to a cause or engaging in fair trade practices, there are a lot of things food companies can do to “do good” and give back. October is Fair Trade Month, so I thought it would be fun to dig around and find some really great food companies doing really great things. Here are a few of those companies, both big and small, that you can feel really good about supporting! Have your food and do good, too!

  • Let’s Do Some Good! 1 of 21
    foods that do good

    The following companies are doing their part to do some good!

    Pictured: prAna Tote Bag. prAna is a pioneer in Fair Trade apparel, working directly with factories in India and Liberia that ensure better wages, safe working conditions and workplace empowerment for their employees. The bag is made with organic, Fair Trade CertifiedTM cotton in a factory that adheres to Fair Trade standards.

  • Annie’s 2 of 21
    annie's homegrown

    In addition to Annie's commitment to the environment, Annie's also gives grants across the country for school gardens with the goal of getting a garden in every school. 

    Learn more about Annie's here

  • Finnegans 3 of 21
    finnegans charitable beer

    Finnegans was created to do good. This beer company is set up as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. 100% of their profits go to charitable causes over 98% of those funds go to alleviate hunger in every state where Finnegans is sold.

    Check out Finnegans Beer here

  • Newman’s Own 4 of 21
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    This well-known and beloved company has donated more than $380 million dollars to thousands of nonprofit organizations since its inception. When Paul Newmand said, "Let's give it all away," he wasn't kidding!

    Check out Newman's Own products here

  • Keep It Real Food Co. 5 of 21
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    Katie Coleman, the founder of Keep it Real Food Co., was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old. Katie started her food company to provide snacks for people with diabetes that are made of whole foods and "real" ingredients, rather than artificial sweeteners and chemicals. 

    Check out Keep It Real's product line here

  • The HopeFULL Company 6 of 21
    hopeFULL gift pack

    The HopeFULL Company makes nutritional "whole-food pops" for children and adults going through chemotherapy. HopeFULL's pops provide a way for these special kids to get the nutrition they need in a tolerable (and tasty) way. 

    Learn more about The HopeFULL Company here

     

  • Numi Tea 7 of 21
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    Numi Tea provides organic, Fair Trade Certified teas in eco-responsible packaging. A win-win-win for tea drinkers who will enjoy the many wonderful flavors Numi has to offer

    Check out Numi Tea here

  • KIND 8 of 21
    KIND protein bars

    KIND bars are a delicious, all-natural, gluten-free snack option, but the company also does some good. (You would think so with that name!) The bars are meant to inspire random acts of kindness. You can track "kindaholics" on their website through various social media channels. They also support one project each month with $10,000.

    Check out KIND here

  • Lotus Foods 9 of 21
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    Lotus Foods sells incredible products and does a wonderful job of supporting farmers in developing countries. Their grassroots rice revolution "More Crop Per Drop" refers to their special system used for growing rice, System of Rice Intensification (SRI). 

    Learn more about Lotus Foods and check out their products here

  • Naturebox 10 of 21
    naturebox

    Naturebox, a monthly snack box delivery company, is not only committed to providing its customers with healthy food, but they also work with WhyHunger by giving donations of money and food to community-based organizations, emergency food providers and summer meal programs for low-income children.

    Check out Naturebox here

  • Guittard 11 of 21
    guittard

    Guittard, another Fair Trade Certified company, works closely with small cacao farmers to develop their chocolate in sustainable ways. Plus, I just plain love their chocolate and am beyond ecstatic they now have a chocolate baking bar!

    Visit Guittard's web site here

  • Choice Organic Teas 12 of 21
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    In 2000, Choice Organic Teas became the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified tea making them true pioneers in Fair Trade tea! 
  • ONEHOPE Wine 13 of 21
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    Half of all ONEHOPE Wine's profits go to charities, with more than $1,000,000 donated to partner nonprofits.

    Learn more about ONEHOPE Wine

  • Two Degrees 14 of 21
    two degrees bar

    Two Degrees: is good. Does good. Two degrees uses the one-to-one business model, donating a meal to a child in need for every bar purchased. 

    Check out Two Degrees bars here

  • Happy Family 15 of 21
    happy family products

    Happy Family, maker of organic "superfoods" for both kids and adults, has a giving back program called Project Peanut Butter. Project Peanut Butter, a revolutionary therapeutic program founded by Dr. Mark Manary, addresses malnutrition. 

    Visit Happy Family's website

  • Love with Food 16 of 21
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    Love with Food is another monthly box snack delivery company. For every box sent, a meal is donated to a hungry child.

    Learn more about Love with Food

  • Askinosie Chocolate 17 of 21
    askinose chocolate

    Askinosie Chocolate has a program called Chocolate University that teaches kids business related topics like direct trade, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

    Learn more about Askinosie Chocolate here

  • Project 7 18 of 21
    project 7 gum

    Project 7 makes everyday products that give back to seven areas for good around the globe: Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth.

    Learn more about Project 7 here

  • Alter Eco 19 of 21
    alter eco

    This unique bar of chocolate from Alter Eco, made from cocoa that is sourced from small farmers in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Coast, is delicious! Alter Eco, a Fair Trade Certified company, focuses on being socially just, environmentally responsible and reliably delicious.

    Learn more about Alter Eco

  • Green Mountain Coffee 20 of 21
    green mountain coffee organic

    Green Mountain Coffee, a company working to build demand for sustainable products, is the world's largest purchaser of fair trade coffee, and they offer the largest selections of double-certified, fair trade organic coffees. 

    Visit Green Mountain Coffee's website

  • Honest Tea 21 of 21
    honest tea

    Honest Tea's goal is to be "honest" in all its dealings, whether working with growers and suppliers, answering consumer questions or trying to leave a lighter environmental footprint. Just about all of Honest Tea's flavors are made with organic, Fair Trade Certified tea, and they support many wonderful causes.

    Learn more about Honest Tea

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