Mail-Order Food Gifts That Benefit Charities

If you're scrounging around for a last-minute food gift to ship someone while trying to be altruistic about the whole consumer Christmas giving thing, try one of these ideas, which also benefit good causes.

Wine for City Slicker Farms: Purchase a City Roots Napa Cab or a Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc and the proceeds will go to City Slicker Farms, a California organization that creates organic urban farms and home gardens in West Oakland to provide fresh produce and food self-sufficiency to residents.

Holiday Cookies for Cookie Cart: This North Minneapolis nonprofit runs a bakery to provide youth with their first jobs, where they learn practical employment skills.

Gift Box for La Cocina: Sales of these gift boxes help support San Francisco's La Cocina, a nonprofit incubator kitchen that helps people start their own food businesses. Plus, the boxes are stocked with products from businesses in the program, so buying one supports them too!

Chocolates for Food Lifeline: Theo Chocolate partnered with West Coast chefs like Naomi Pomeroy (Beast) and Chris Cosentino (Incanto) to create this box of chocolates. Theo will give $15 to Food Lifeline, a Washington-state food bank, for each one sold.

Oil and Vinegar for the Jamie Oliver Foundation: Profits from the sale of this olive oil and vinegar set go to the Jamie Oliver Foundation to fund Oliver's Fifteen project, an apprenticeship program that gives "young people, often in need of a break in life, the chance to transform their lives through the experience of learning to work in the restaurant business."

Cookies for Cookies for Kids' Cancer: The profits from the sale of these cookies, which come in flavors like dark chocolate cranberry and lemon sugar, fund pediatric cancer research.

Chocolates for Relief International: Los Angeles–based chocolatier Compartes donates 40 percent of the profits from the sale of its Chocolates for a Cause line to Relief International in Darfur.

Got a favorite charitable food gift you are sending this year?

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