Let’s hear it for guilt-free snacking! These forward-thinking companies help make the world a better place by incorporating social responsibility into their core values and daily operations. Next time a craving strikes, consider grabbing one of these snacks that give back. You’ll be doing your part to be the change with every bite.
1. Through its line of organic chocolates, Alter Eco supports the developing world by using only Fair Trade Certified organic cocoa grown exclusively by small-scale farmers. www.altereco-usa.com
2. As part of its Sustainable Packaging Project, Bear Naked invites customers to mail in used packaging to be recycled in exchange for company gear like T-shirts and reusable tote bags. www.bearnaked.com
3. FullBloom Baking Company‘s Smart Cookie Scholarship Program allocates a portion of product sales to providing mentoring and scholarships, encouraging company employees’ children to attend college. www.fullbloom.com
4. In line with its passion for the planet we all share, Annie’s Homegrown funds community gardens, sponsors sustainability education programs and awards sustainable agriculture scholarships to promising students. www.annies.com
5. Greyston Bakery’s open hiring policy and training program give inexperienced workers the essential skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives. The bakery also uses its profits to fund programs like community gardens, affordable day care and drug rehabilitation. www.greystonbakery.com
6. Newman’s Own, the social mission pioneer, donates 100 percent of its profits to charitable causes, including Fisher House, Team Hole in the Wall, and Feeding America, to name just a few. www.newmansown.com
7. Teaming with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Immaculate Baking Company helps raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. The bakery encourages its customers to hold bake sales to support the cause. www.immaculatebaking.com
8. Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream maker known for wacky flavor combinations and tongue-in-cheek monikers, supports causes that protect the environment and encourage world peace. The company has also pledged to convert to 100 percent Fair Trade Certified ingredients by the end of 2013. www.benjerry.com
9. A portion of profits at Jennifer’s Homemade goes toward helping to end world hunger. The South Florida-based company donates extra biscotti, breadsticks and flatbread to Daily Bread Food Bank, a partner of America’s Second Harvest. www.jennifershomemade.com
10.The coffee beans and chocolate used in Dean’s Beans Java Drops are 100 percent Fair Trade Certified and organic. The company also supports the communities from which its ingredients are sourced through programs including health care, reforestation and overcoming gender violence. www.deansbeans.com
11.Clif Bar and Company encourages its employees to volunteer for charities that are important to them and contributes funds to 1% For the Planet, which supports environmental organizations around the world. Each year, the company also donates 1 percent of net sales of limited-edition seasonal flavors to the Winter Wildlands Alliance. www.clifbar.com
12. As part of its Fruit Tree 101 program, Stretch Island Fruit Co. teaches kids about the importance of healthy eating. The all-natural fruit snack company also partners with The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to plant fruit orchards at schools across the US. www.stretchislandfruit.com
13. Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, is on a mission to save family farms through organic farming. By snacking on the company’s Stringles and Pourable Yogurt, you’ll be helping more than 1,600 small family farmers across North America. www.organicvalley.coop
Which snacks do you eat?