Honey for Hunger

AN INITIATIVE OF THE HATHERLEIGH FOUNDATION

“The story of food begins with bees.”

Honey for Hunger sells raw natural honey in support of food banks, food pantries, and food pantry farms throughout the United States. Through these efforts, in turn, we are sustaining local beekeepers who provide a vital link in the food system.

Net proceeds from each sale are donated to national and local organizations already working to make a difference in the problem of hunger including food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, and food pantry farms.

HUNGER IN AMERICA

In the United States, the reality is that 1 in every 6 people struggle with hunger. We want to respond to this need in America, and we know Honey for Hunger can make a difference.

There are organizations in every region of the country that are already making a difference. When you buy honey with Honey for Hunger, you are helping solve the problem of hunger in America.

THE PLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE

One goal of the Honey for Hunger initiative is to support local beekeepers who follow sustainable beekeeping practices.

“Pesticides — including a new class called neonicotinoids — seem to be harming bees even at what should be safe levels. Biological threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases. As our farms become monocultures of commodity crops like wheat and corn — plants that provide little pollen for foraging bees — honeybees are literally starving to death. If we don't do something, there may not be enough honeybees to meet the pollination demands for valuable crops. But more than that, in a world where up to 100,000 species go extinct each year, the vanishing honeybee could be the herald of a permanently diminished planet.” -- TIME Magazine

ABOUT HONEY

The sweet substance, which serves as a tasty alternative to white sugar, is created by honey bees when they collect nectar from plants. As bees carry the nectar in their mouths and return to their hives, a chemical reaction occurs between the nectar and the enzymes in the bees’ mouths, turning the nectar into honey. The bees then deposit the honey into the cells of the hives, where it sits until ready. The final step in the process occurs when the honey bees fly around in their hives. The fluttering of their tiny wings offers the ventilation needed to remove moisture from the honey, bringing it to the right consistency for consumption.

“Color, concentration, viscosity, aroma, taste, finish, and complexity are the most important elements in defining the best honey. Flowers or plants varieties, the region, and the manufacturing process will differentiate many honeys from each other. Try as many as you can, you will learn to appreciate their uniqueness.” - Chef Marie-Annick Courtier

Besides being honey-producers, honeybees help put fresh fruits and vegetables on your table, and ensure that our fields and woods are lush and healthy.

How? When they gather nectar from flowers, honeybees perform pollination. Pollination is the process where pollen is transferred from one plant to another, initiating fertilization and reproduction.

Honey bees pollinate 80% of the fresh fruits and vegetables we eat.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HONEY & BEES

  • Honey is 1 to 1.5 times sweeter than sugar.
  • A hive of honey bees must fly more than 55,000 miles and tap about 2 million flowers in order to produce one pound of honey.
  • The less water content found in honey, the better the quality of it.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that there are about 2.68 million honey-producing bee colonies in America.
  • One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Honey contains antioxidants that fight cholesterol and have the potential to protect against heart disease.
  • Darker honeys usually have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys do.
  • Honey is fat-free and cholesterol-free!
  • An average worker bee makes 1⁄12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY

Honey is a source for many minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Vitamins such as B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and certain amino acids are also found in honey.

Since honey is a natural source of carbohydrates, it is an excellent way to boost energy levels. In fact, it is often used by athletes to boost performance and reduce muscle fatigue during exercise. The glucose found in honey is a natural sugar that the body absorbs quickly, so it provides a quick boost of energy. Fructose, the other main natural sugar found in honey, is absorbed into the body more slowly and provides sustained energy.

The presence of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties in honey are beneficial to the digestive system, can be useful in killing certain bacteria, and can help fight diseases. It is also believed to provide some protection against cancer. Honey has also been used over the centuries in home remedies for cuts and burns, sore throats, weight loss, and cleansing treatments. The components found in honey help with the metabolism and breakdown of unwanted cholesterol and fatty acid in the organs and tissues, therefore working to fight obesity. Plus, honey has no fat and is cholesterol-free!

ORDER A PINT OF RAW HONEY FOR ONLY $25 AND HELP FIGHT HUNGER WHILE SUPPORTING LOCAL BEEKEEPERS IN AMERICA

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ABOUT THE HATHERLEIGH FOUNDATION

The Hatherleigh Foundation was established to support global initiatives in health, education and career opportunity, world peace and the environment. The foundation's motto is simple: Our Mission is Hope. The Hatherleigh Foundation pursues this mission through an earth-conscious agenda, as well as research grants and start-up investment awards to deserving individuals, programs and groups. Find out more at www.hatherleighfoundation.org.