Give the gift of food and nutrition this holiday season

( Give the gift of nourishment this Christmas. A season full of food, festivities and gifts is the perfect time to do some thoughtful giving of your own. If food and nutrition are close to your heart, read on for ideas on how to work giving in to your holiday season and some great food and nutrition charities to get you started.

Ideas To Work Giving In Without Breaking The Bank

  • Donate in lieu of a host or hostess gift. Ask for donations to your charity of choice instead of a host or hostess gift!
  • Donate in your employee’s name for a thoughtful holiday gift, most offices have enough chocolate and goodies anyways.
  • Do an office pool – have everyone contribute $2 to a charity picked by poll
  • Have a collection jar at your reception desk so clients and patients can contribute as they’re able

Food and nutrition focused charities

Canadian Foundation For Dietetic Research
Nutrition is a rapidly growing science, but research is slow. This is in part because good research that is food focused (not nutrient or pharmaceutical focused) doesn’t get big money backers. This is your chance to help us find out how food heals our body so we can make better and better decisions, and understand how it affects people differently. Maybe it’s my nutrition geek speaking, but that’s something to get excited about!

Plan Canada- Gifts of Hope
From a fruit tree, to a goat that will produce milk over and over for a family- there are lots of food focused gifts that will keep on giving. See their whole list here.

GI Society (
This is a fabulous group putting out research based resources for those affected by Crohn’s, Colitis and other serious gut disorders. They also fund cutting edge research and medical advocacy. If you know someone with a major gastrointestinal disease this is a wonderful way to show your support.

Your local food bank
Having a party? Instead of bringing extra food or wine, why don’t you have guests bring a non-perishable food item or a donation for your local food bank? Many rely on the food bank to get by when times are tough- from young families to seniors to those who can’t work because of medical issues. It’s an easy one to get the workplace involved as well, you can even turn it in to a competition between departments for some good natured competition. Find your local food bank here.

HONcode accreditation seal.About

HealthCastle, founded in 1997, is the largest online nutrition community run by Registered Dietitians. Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or dietitian. Information and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.