Saturday, December 16, 2006

Menu for Hope

If there is one thing in my life that I'm passionate about, it's knitting. But truthfully, I am also passionate about food. I love it. I love how food can heal, soothe, inspire, revive, and unify. When my dear husband pulls a freshly baked loaf of bread out of his wood-fired oven and we eat it (after the requisite 20 minutes for the steaming process to finish) warm with butter, fruity dark olive oil, or nothing ... it is heaven for me. I feel as though eating food made with integrity and honesty can be a truly spiritual experience.

I have the luxury of easily buying organic and local produce. I have the time to prepare healthy and, most of the time, yummy meals for my family. My life is filled with food that feeds my soul as well as my stomach.

The BackBou's take on the Potato Pancake with goat cheese and thyme
Obviously this is not the case for much of the world. The United Nations reports that as many as 815 million people, that's right 815 million, in developing countries are going hungry. These people are hungry as I am scraping leftovers into the compost bucket. They are hungry as I try to restain myself from having just one more cookie or chocolate. I am ashamed that this hunger exists in the world.

I give regularly to some favorite local and global charities (Heifer International and The Central Virginia Foodbank), but here is a new way for the blogging community to lend a hand to combat global hunger ...

Food Bloggers all over the world (including my favorite Brandon Eats) are raising money for the UN World Food Programme through Chez Pim's Menu for Hope III. When you donate, you also register to win some excellent food prizes! Click on Brandon Eats or Chez Pim for all the low down on how your passion about food can help stop someone else's hunger.

Food bloggers raised $17,000 last year for UNICEF and this year, in just 4 days, they have exceeded $18,000! There is one week left for donations, please contribute.


Liz K. said...

I am ashamed to admit that we did not have latkes last night. But we did have doughnuts for dessert! Later this week...

Mo said...

This is good information. Thanks, Ann. Plus a whole new world of blogs to read.

Dave Patterson said...

Bloggers can also raise money for Heifer International.

I joined Heifer as new media director last year and really appreciate it when someone blogs about us.

We have a new BlogRaising program that lets bloggers like you help us get the word out about Heifer and raise the money we need to do our work. To learn more, just go to

I hope you are able to take part.

Again thanks for the good words.