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Sunday, April 27, 2008

U.N. World Food Program

The WFP says it serves 70 million people in about 80 countries each year. Donations can't be made to a specific country, but they can be made to a specific cause, such as child hunger or Sudan's Darfur region.

Donate online via its U.S.-based organization, www.friendsofwfp.org/donate, or mail a check to U.N. World Food Program, 1819 L Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036.

Catholic Relief Services

CRS focuses on international aid and has a Food Security program that aims to alleviate hunger through short-, medium- and long-term initiatives.

Donate via its Web site, www.crs.org, call 800-736-3467, or mail a check to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090.

CARE International

The private international humanitarian organization has been tackling food shortages as part of its fight against global poverty.

Donate via its Web site, www.care.org, or call 800-521-CARE.

Mercy Corps

The international relief group started a Global Food Crisis Fund for people most severly affected by rising food prices.

Donate via its Web site, www.mercycorps.org, call 800-852-2100, or mail a check to Mercy Corps, Global Food Crisis Fund, Dept. NR, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208.

World Vision

The organization is the primary distributor for the World Food Program and works with children, families, and their communities to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice.

Donate via its Web site, www.worldvision.org, call 888.56.CHILD (24453), or mail a check to World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063.

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