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Coupons for Hunger

When it comes to shopping at grocery stores, there’s the path that most of us tread, and then there are couponers. And I don’t mean just bringing one or two coupons from the weeks mailer. I mean extreme couponers. People who treat couponing like a part or full-time job, spend hours in the grocery store at a time, and reduce hundreds of dollars into pocket change at the cash register.  Maybe you’ve seen the TLC show that chronicles this experience.

I usually balk at most extreme couponing because it seems somewhat unnecessary. I don’t have problems with coupons for items I would actually use, like dried pasta, beans or certain canned vegetables, but who needs 300 deodorant sticks or 150 bottles of ketchup? I don’t care if they’re free or close to free, it’s just excess.

Just as I was about to stop recording the show on my DVR, a recent episode profiled two couponers doing good with their purchases. One woman enlisted her entire community by setting up a coupon station at the front of the store. Her and her family handed out coupons to shoppers for them to pick up one or two items at a time. Because of her diligence and organization, these items were free at the register and didn’t cost the shopper any additional money. All items were collected at shoppers exited and were donated to the local food bank.

You may not have to be an extreme couponer to utilize this system, either. The next time you’re sifting through the Sunday paper, clip a couple of coupons for items that you can donate to your local food bank. Depending on the coupon, the item you buy may be free or very close to it. Even if you spend a little out-of-pocket, using coupons to help others is an easy way to give back this season.

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Gratitude and Giving Back


This is the season for giving. And while I believe that our generosity should extend throughout the year, this is the time when we all band together and do the most good in the shortest amount of time. It’s a season of reflection, of taking stock of the year, setting new goals and relishing in time spent with friends and family. I have much to be thankful for this year.

I am incredibly grateful for your support of The Giving Table during its debut these past two months. You have sent me kind emails, you are enthusiastically joining the conversation on the blog and your participation only confirms in my soul the need for this website. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


I have a little giving project to share with you this month. You may be aware that I’ve run a food blog for almost four years. This past September, I launched The Meal Planner, a weekly menu-planning journal to make your life in the kitchen a little easier. The genesis of this product began with my own needs. I used a blank notebook for years and realized that nothing on the market existed to fulfill this purpose in my life. So, The Meal Planner was born.

I use it almost daily, so I believe in the product. I designed it for myself first, and many of my readers have recognized its value. For this, I am quite grateful and remain passionate about what meal planning can accomplish in our busy lives.

In the spirit of giving this season, I will donate $1 of each Meal Planner sold in the month of December to Share our Strength. I feel that a collaboration between my blog and The Giving Table is well-timed. The Meal Planner would make an excellent gift this time of year and sits at the ready to help you keep a resolution of meal planning, eating well and giving yourself some time back in 2012. Share our Strength is doing important work to eliminate childhood hunger, and it would be an honor for me to share my modest proceeds from The Meal Planner with such a worthy organization.

I’ll be making follow-up announcements on Twitter and Facebook, but please consider giving yourself, friends and family the gift of kitchen organization this year, and know that you will be helping a great cause in the process.

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The Giving Table’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here, and that means good cheer, good food and good company. If you’re looking for foodie gifts you can feel good about, browse The Giving Table’s gift guide for presents that give back.






Clarins // Clarins has partnered with Lauren Bush’s FEED Projects to provide nutritious school meals through the UN World Food Programme. For $30, each Clarins FEED bag purchase will provide a child with 15 meals.

Heifer International // Choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant.

Links of London // For Autumn 2011 Links of London joins forces with FEED to produce a friendship bracelet collection that not only competes in the style stakes but will help fight hunger amongst children around the world ($125).

Oliovera // For every one bottle of Oliovera Olive Oil or Vinegar sold, five meals are provided to a hungry child in the United States through donations made to Feeding America – the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

ONEHOPE Wine // ONEHOPE Wine donates 50% of its profits to partner charities benefiting a variety of causes.

Oxfam USA // Animal gifts support relief and development programs that create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.

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TED Video Break: Ellen Gustafson

Watch Ellen Gustafson, co-creator of the philanthropic FEED bags, discuss why hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin.

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TED Video Break: Josette Sheeran

Take a few minutes to watch this inspiring TED video. UN World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war.

Food for Thought

"To care about food but not food production is clearly absurd." // Wendell Berry

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