The Gift of Chicks

Chickens provide eggs, and eggs contain one of the highest-quality proteins of any food. Protein provides energy and nutrition for healthy bodies.

Give a Flock of Chicks


Boost of Nutrition

This basket includes fruit and vegetables seeds necessary to start a small but diverse farm and chickens to help maintain it. Children benefit from varied nutrients they once didn’t have.

Give a Boost of Nutrition

The Gift of a Goat

One goat can provide four quarts of milk a day, which means that eight children could receive the recommended two glasses of milk a day.

Give a Goat

The Gift of Fish Fingerlings

Teach a man to fish and you’ll not only feed him for a lifetime, but also provide children with a source of lean, healthy proteins and extra income.

Give a Gift of Fish Fingerlings

The Gift of a Heifer

Cows can provide gallons upon gallons of milk that can be transformed into cheese, yogurts or other healthy products. Cow manure can also help increase crop yields providing families more, and more nutritious foods.

Give a Heifer

Give a Gift That Nourishes

For the world’s hungry, having the right nutrition is almost as important as having enough to eat.  Malnutrition has far and wide-reaching effects like cognitive impairment, poor immune systems and decreased productivity. When you give the gift of an animal through Heifer, families can both consume animal byproducts and increase farm production. This results in more diverse foods — milk, eggs, fish, whole-grain bread and legumes — that offer a variety of vitamins and minerals like protein, iron, calcium and vitamin A that are essential to healthy minds and bodies.

Preventing malnutrition allows more children to go to school and stay in school. Give children everywhere the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Heifer’s Impact on Nutrition

A nutrition study being conducted by the University of Illinois of 300 Heifer farmer families in Zambia indicates livestock significantly impacts the diets of families living in poverty, increasing the amount a family eats, diversifying the types of foods consumed and also providing families more income.

  • Families given dairy cows increased milk consumption from once per week to six times per week

  • Families reported an increase of as much as 20 percent in dietary diversity, an indicator of food security

  • Income from animal products rose by up to 800 percent, depending on the animal received

  • Families spent their increased income on more diverse foods for their families

Evidence from the Field