5 Food Companies that Give Back
So you can feel good about snacking.
In today’s world, good people can seem few and far between. It’s nice to know that they’re out there, and they’re making your food. We rounded up five of our favorite food companies that give back, so you can support businesses that are making a change.
Almost 30 years ago, Annie Withey set out to create a socially conscious business. Withey’s values still serve as the foundation for Annie’s, according to the company. In the last six years, Annie’s has donated more than $2.5 million to organizations that “protect and support both people and the planet.” The company focuses on impacting children and future farmers, giving grants to sustain more than 395 school gardens and scholarships to future sustainable food leaders.
In 2004, KIND was founded with this mission: “Do the KIND thing for your body, your taste buds and your world.” Over the last four years, KIND Causes has donated $470,000 to almost 50 socially impactful ideas. Last year, KIND founder Daniel Lubetzky invested $20 million in Empatico, the Kind Foundation’s program designed to connect children around the world.
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You can’t make a list about charitable companies and not include Newman’s Own. Founded by actor Paul Newman and author A.E. Hotchner, this company donates 100 percent of its profits to charity.
The brand started in 1982, when Newman and Hotchner developed a dressing they gave to friends and family as gifts. The dressing was such a hit, the men decided to commercialize it for sale. Now, the brand produces everything from pasta sauce to wine. Since its founding, the Newman’s Own Foundation has donated more than $500 million to various educational and charitable organizations.
The nut butter company gives back through poverty relief efforts, like Whole Planet Foundation. Founder Justin Long championed Whole Planet Foundation’s Microloan-a-Month initiative, a program that awards a loan to an entrepreneur in a developing country each month. Most recently, Justin’s joined forces with Xerces Society, People & Pollinators Action Network and Growing Gardens in an effort to save bees.
“Buy a loaf, save a life,” is this company’s mission. Second chances are clearly important to Dave’s Killer Bread--one in three employees in its Oregon bakery has a criminal background. Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation aims to educate and promote Second Chance Employment. The company also promotes sustainable farm practices through seed tests, apprentice programs, farm sponsorships and conferences.