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Menu for Hope #4

posted on December 12, 2007 at 6:40 am

I can’t believe that Menu for Hope, which runs from 12/10-12/21, is in its fourth year. I am so impressed with the effort put forth by food bloggers and culinarians around the world in the name of helping the hungry. Here is a little information about this year’s beneficiaries from Chez Pim:

“This year for the 4th annual Menu for Hope, we are again supporting the UN World Food Programme. WFP is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good.

With a special permission from the WFP, the funds raised by Menu for Hope 4 will be earmarked for the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa. We chose to support the school lunch program because providing food for the children not only keeps them alive, but helps them stay in school so that they learn the skills to feed themselves in the future.

We chose to support the program in Lesotho because it is a model program in local procurement – buying food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. Instead of shipping surplus corn across the ocean, the WFP is buying directly from local subsistent farmers who practice conservation farming methods in Lesotho to feed the children there.

We feed the kids, keep them in school, and support their parents and community farming. This sustainable approach to aid is something we believe in and strongly support.”

Obviously every little bit helps and last year’s drive reached $62,925.12 last year. Lets help make this year even better! The way it works is that people put up food-related auction items and you donate a certain amount of money. Each $10 buys you a ‘raffle ticket’ to one of the items. So you can get something pretty pricey for only $10. These aren’t shoddy prizes, people. We are talking a private lunch with Harold McGee, Heston Blumenthal cooking you a historic British menu for 2 at the Hinds Head, “a personal tour of elBulli kitchen laboratory at the new Alícia Institute with Ferran Adrià himself.” Major. You can view the full list of items here. There are also other items ranging from cookbooks to special regional goodies. All very cool stuff. I will be offering an item as well. I will post about it later this week.

If you still have questions on what exactly this is. Check out the handy dandy F.A.Q. on Chez Pim. The best part of the holidays is giving and this is a great way to help. Get bidding, people!

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