Yes, it's that time of year again. We are now preparing for our annual Menu for Hope, this year it's Menu for Hope 6, or Menu for Hope VI, whichever you prefer. I can hardly believe it's been six years that we've been at this, and our fourth year now in partnership with the UN World Food Programme. As always, Menu for Hope cannot exist without your help, see if you can lend a hand?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Menu for Hope?
for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign hosted by me
and a revolving
group of food bloggers around the world. Five years ago, the
in Southeast Asia inspired me to find a way to help, and the very
Menu for Hope was born. The campaign has since become a yearly affair. For the past three years, Menu for Hope raised nearly a quarter of
million dollars in support of the good work of the UN World Food
Programme, helping to feed hungry people worldwide.
Each December, food bloggers from all over the world
join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes
for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too - can buy
raffle tickets to bid on these prizes. For every $10 donated, you earn
one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of their choice. At the end
of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results
announced on Chez Pim.
When will this year's campaign take place?
December 14 through Christmas.
Who is the beneficiary of this year's campaign?
Once again we've chosen to work with 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.
year, we are supporting a new initiative at the WFP called Purchase for
smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global
operation. P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more
directly into their pockets in return for their crops. This will also
help buoy local economy by creating jobs and income locally. We food
bloggers understand the importance of buying locally and supporting our
local farms, P4P helps do the same for farmers in low income countries
around the world. More on P4P at http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress.
Who collects the money?
not me, nor the other bloggers participating on the campaign. We
know our readers trust us, but we also want to be completely
transparent in our fundraising. So, we use a very good online
fundraising company called FirstGiving, who has worked with us since the first Menu for Hope years ago.
Donors can make an online (tax deductible) donation with a credit card. FirstGiving
collects and processes the payments and, at the end of the campaign,
transfers the donations in one lump sum to the WFP. This is a win-win
situation for all parties involved. The bloggers never touch the money.
The WFP don't waste overheads on processing mini-donations, the
majority of which were between $10-$50, that's a whole lot of tenners to make up $90K. Firstgiving does all the work and collects a small fee, which include the credit card processing charges.
Last year, FirstGiving gave back 1% of the total amount raised in
lieu of a discount on their processing fee. Thank you FirstGiving, we
appreciated it very much!
How can you help?
If you are a blogger:
in Menu for Hope VI by hosting a raffle prize or by promoting Menu for
Hope on your blog. Please contact the MfH host in your area (the list
is below) to obtain a prize code and be listed on the official Menu for
Hope prize list. (Important: please do this before you list your prize
on your blog, unrecognized prizes will not be added to the main list.)
The prize you offer need not be of high monetary
value, but it should appeal to your readership. A small rule of thumb
we'd like to suggest is that each prize offered should have the
potential to raise at least $200. That means, don't offer a prize
unless you are pretty sure you could get at least twenty of your
readers to donate $10 for a raffle ticket toward that prize.
Please do not solicit prizes from restaurants or producers whom you
do not know. A big part of our success in prior years came from the
personal connections between bloggers, food
producers/restaurateurs/authors, and the readers who donate to the
campaign. Basically, if they know your name, it's ok. If you pick up
the phone and introduce yourself and the person at the other end of the
line goes "huh?", you shouldn't be asking them.
Each blogger is also responsible for shipping their prize to the
winning donor. Make sure you have enough in your budget to cover
shipping. It's important that you specify where your shipping area will
cover when you offer the prize. Frankly, we prefer that you don't
restrict shipping area, but if you must, then please be very clear in
your blog post so as not to confuse our donors.
Forward this post to all other bloggers you know so they can participate too.
Here are your local hosts for this year's Menu for Hope
US: West Coast (If you are closer to SF than you are to NY then you belong here.)
Shauna of Gluten Free Girl (glutenfreegirl[at]gmail[dot]com)
US: East Coast
Helen of Tartelette (mytartelette[at]gmail[dot]com)
Europe *and* the UK
David Lebovitz (david.lebovitz[at]yahoo[dot]com)
Tara of Seven Spoons (tara[at]sevenspoons[dot]net)
Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand
Ed Charles of Tomato (gastrotom[at]gmail[dot]com)
and, last but not least, our special Wine Blog Host
Alder of Vinography (alder[at]vinography[dot]com)
If you'd like to participate, please send your
prize information (plus two images 75x75 thumbnail and 200x200px) to
your local host so that they can give you a prize code (important!) and
more instructions on what to do for Monday.
If you are a restaurateur, author or food producers/sellers:
offering your products and services as raffle prizes. If you have a
corportate blog, you can host the prize yourself. If you don’t, find a
food blogger to host your prize. If you don't know any, contact Pim (chezpim[at]gmail[dot]com) or the local host in your area.
If you are a food blog reader or a food lover:
back to Chez Pim on Monday December 14 when the campaign goes online.
You can browse our amazing array of prizes by type, or find a prize
near you by searching by region. Bid on as many prizes as you'd like.
Buy raffle tickets as holiday gifts to your loved ones. Just come back
and check us out on December 10. Help us help the WFP end world hunger.