World Food Day 2019

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This morning for breakfast I had cereal with soymilk (I don’t do so well with dairy) topped off with fruit and raisins. Sometimes I have oatmeal, eggs or maybe a tasty pastry from my favorite bakery.

And, of course, coffee. Always coffee.

For most Americans our food options are unlimited, and we eat well. Sometimes too well. Unfortunately, that is not the case for everyone; even here in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 16, is World Food Day, a day that recognizes the importance a healthy meal, and goes beyond the challenge of ending global hunger to address issues like obesity, sustainability and access to healthy food options.

Our actions are our future

The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Our Actions Are Our Future”. You can take action in your own small way by including charitable giving in your financial planning.

Some people choose to tithe 10% of their income to causes that are important to them. Kudos and much respect to those who do that. However, even small contributions can make a difference.

For less than 25 cents Feed My Starving Children can create, pack and ship a meal to a hungry child on the other end of the Earth. For less than $100, that child can eat for a year. When you think about it, what FMSC does is nothing short of miraculous.

Others choose to make larger, tax-deductible contributions to their favorite charities.

Recent tax law changes may limit your ability to deduct charitable contributions from your taxable income, but donor advised funds, Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) and other strategies can help you leverage your gift.

Take action

Talk to your financial advisor about how you can include charitable giving into your financial plan.