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Mercy Corps Urges Americans to Put the 'Giving' Back Into Thanksgiving
Date:11/18/2009

-- Help mothers around the world feed their families this holiday season through Mercy Corps' Thanksgiving challenge.

-- New online tool encourages group giving; families and friends come together to give thanks and give back.

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mercy Corps is challenging Americans to put the "giving" back in Thanksgiving by matching the amount they spend on a meal this Thanksgiving Day with a donation that fights global hunger.

According to the American Federation of Farm Bureaus, the average American family spent $45 on Thanksgiving dinner in 2008. Many American families will spend much more -- over $100 on Thanksgiving dinner this year. How much does it cost to help a poor family feed itself?

  • $5 helps a farmer replant an acre of rice in typhoon-ravaged Myanmar.
  • $17 gives a conflict-affected Ugandan family the seeds they need for an entire planting season, enabling them to grow their own food.
  • $30 buys an emergency food pack for a family struggling in Zimbabwe.
  • $80 finances a microloan that buys a goat for a woman in Honduras, allowing her to give her children milk and possibly meat.

Hunger is a reality for more people than ever this year. A billion people go to bed hungry every night, according to the World Food Program. The UN reports that malnutrition poses the world's number one health risk: a risk greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Mercy Corps President Nancy Lindborg said the organization wants to give Americans a simple but meaningful way to express thanks. "A little bit goes a long way for the world's poor," Lindborg said. "This is a way to give thanks by helping to save lives and feed families around the world."

People are already taking up the challenge. "My family and I are taking part because we think being generou
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