Navigation Links
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 generous to those in need is the best way to show gratitude for the blessings we have," said Kathryn Larnell, a Mercy Corps donor from Phoenix. "If I can spend $10 on cranberry sauce, I know I can spend $10 to help feed a family."

As part of this Thanksgiving challenge, Mercy Corps is launching an easy online tool that allows families and groups of friends to make donations together. To learn more about how to put the "giving" back into Thanksgiving visit www.mercycorps.org/thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving challenge is part of Mercy Corps' One Table campaign. One Table aims to influence government policy, raise awareness and fund programs that support women's roles in strengthening food security in the developing world. The campaign is inspired by Mercy Corps' belief that investing in women is one of the smartest ways to end hunger. For more information, visit http://onetable.mercycorps.org.

Mercy Corps helps people in the world's toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries. For more information, see www.mercycorps.org.

SOURCE Mercy Corps


'/>"/>
SOURCE Mercy Corps
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mercy Health Plans Receives Five Star Excellent Rating
2. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Marc W. Hungerford, a Leading Expert in Field of Avascular Necrosis, Now at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center
3. Keystone Mercy Health Plan Initiative Brings Cancer Screenings to Underserved Women in Their Communities
4. Mercy Ships Surgeon Addresses Blindness Through Sutureless Technique
5. Katrina Hero, Lt. General Russel Honor (Ret.), to Speak on H1N1 Flu Preparedness at Press Briefing Following AmeriHealth Mercy/PerformRx Conference
6. LifeNet Health and Childrens Mercy Hospital Announce First Implant With MatrACELL(TM) Technology
7. Wings of Mercy Benefit Features Miracle on the Hudson Heroes
8. Mercy Medical Center Selects Bright Horizons to Operate Child Care Center for Employees Children
9. More Than 500 Philadelphia Youth with Asthma and Their Families to Attend Keystone Mercy Healthy Hoops Program
10. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Marc W. Hungerford, a Leading Expert in Field of Avascular Necrosis, Now at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center
11. Consumers Can Now Shop Online for Individual Health Insurance Coverage With Mercy Health Plans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors ... customizable inside of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel ... style. Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the media of ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... industry today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader ... two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their ... Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. ... way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, a ... and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility is ... to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. Its ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand ... new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is ... The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Revolutionary technology includes multi-speaker listening to ... leaders in advanced audiology and hearing aid technology, has ... the world,s first internet connected hearing aid that opens ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160622/382240 ) , ... firsts,: , TwinLink™ - the first dual ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 The vast majority ... outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a ... per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait ... but especially grueling for patients who are elderly and ... skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Experian ... integrating and transforming the patient payment and ... several innovative new products and services that ... its revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning solutions ... efficient workflows, remain compliant in an ever-changing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: