Cokies and cutlery on the Christmas dinner table

Donating Food for Children at Christmas

Christmas is a special time. It marks the closing of another year, with new beginnings around the corner. Family and friends gather together to celebrate with food and fellowship, sharing stories of the year’s events around tables filled with holiday dishes. Children laugh and play with their new toys without a care in the world.

This is not the Christmas that less fortunate children get to celebrate, however. Those without family, friends, or tables filled with food to go home to do not experience the same happiness we associate with the holidays. For those families who have fallen on hard times, Christmas is only a painful reminder of how little they have. They want nothing more than to give their children the Christmas they so deserve, but instead, they are left standing out in the cold, forced to watch the rest of the world celebrate.

What better gift to give at Christmas than the gift of happiness—of hope for the coming year?

How to help less fortunate children at Christmas

For families living in poverty, food is the number one concern for them and their children. Many families living in poverty can only afford to buy cheap food that is highly processed and lacking in life-giving nutrients. Studies have shown that a prolonged diet of cheap and highly-processed foods leads to significant health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer, which only causes more strain on a family already struggling to make ends meet.

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Food insecurity among children can have detrimental effects later in life and perpetuate a vicious cycle of poverty. It’s our mission at Food for Life Global to interrupt this cycle and guarantee nutritious meals and healthy lives for children everywhere.

Food before presents

Why is it more important to donate food than toys at Christmas? Well, because you can’t eat toys.

Poor children are sitting on the desks in school

Gift-giving charities are a wonderful holiday tradition and it’s a heartwarming thought—buying a toy for a child whose family can’t afford one. But even more important than toys to play with on Christmas day, is a healthy and sustaining meal.

A happy child is a well-fed child. That’s why the best gift you can give at Christmas is the gift of delicious and nutritious food for those who need it most.

Ways to donate

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If you would like to add a child in need to your Christmas list this year, there are many different things you can do to make a difference. Here are just a few ways you can donate to Food for Life.

Become a Life Member

By making a donation of $1000 or more, you automatically become a lifetime member of Food for Life Global. Life members are the body and soul of our food relief efforts and to show you how much you mean to us, we’ll award you a Life Member Certificate to display in your home or office as well as a Samsonite® Xenon™ 2 Travel Tote and Gopal’s gift basket from Gopal’s Healthfoods.

Become a Monthly Member

For as little as 33 cents per day, you can support the work of Food for Life Global. You can choose to be a yearly supporter or a monthly supporter.

With the purchase of a 12-month membership, we’ll give you a Christmas gift as well! You’ll receive a T-shirt, a wearable symbol of your place in the Food for Life family, and your very own ebook copy of Food Yoga – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul.

All membership subscriptions are tax-deductible and you can cancel your membership at any time.

Support the Annamrita program

The Annamrita program or Midday Meal Program is Food for Life Global’s principal affiliate program, benefitting impoverished schoolchildren in India. Poverty and hunger are an epidemic in India, and children simply cannot learn when they are hungry. 

The Annamrita project is run so efficiently that they are able to serve a hot nourishing meal for as little as 10 cents on average. That means, for every $100 donated, 1000 meals are served. With a one-time gift of $100, you could feed five school children for an entire year!

This year, give the gift of happiness

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Instead of a $10 toy that a child will play with for a few hours and then forget about, a donation that size can feed 20 hungry children a delicious and nutrient-dense meal. So, as you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping and checking friends and family off your list, consider making a holiday donation to Food for Life.

You can help us make Christmas a happy holiday for everyone.

Support the important work of Food for Life Global to serve its international network of over 200 affiliates in 60 countries.
Food for Life Global is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 36-4887167. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.

Food For Life Global’s primary mission is to bring about peace and prosperity in the world through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based meals prepared with loving intention.