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Monday, December 14, 2009

Menu for Hope 6


(The full list of bid items is now up, click here to go directly there.)

Welcome to Menu for Hope 6.  Yes, it's been six years since our first little-campaign-that-could was born, banding together food and wine bloggers from all over the world to raise funds in support of worthy causes.  For the past three years we've worked with the UN World Food Programme and raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in support of their school lunch program.  This year, we're once again working with WFP, this time to highlight the Purchase for Progress

MFH6logo What is Menu for Hope?

Menu for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign hosted by me and a revolving group of food bloggers around the world.  Five years ago, the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia inspired me to find a way to help, and the very first Menu for Hope was born. The campaign has since become a yearly affair.

Each December, food bloggers from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related items for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too - can participate. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual ticket to bid on an item of your choice. At the end of the two-week campaign, the tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim on Monday, January 18.

In the past three years, Menu for Hope have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help the WFP end world hunger.

Who is the beneficiary of this year's campaign?

Menu for Hope (for three years and counting) supports the good work of 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. 

In the last two campaigns, we helped support a school lunch program in Lesotho.  This year we're changing our direction a tiny bit.  We're highlighting a new initiative at the WFP called Purchase for Progress (P4P).  P4P enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation.  P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more cash 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

Also, in a symbolic move, we're joining the WFP's A Billion for A Billion campaign.  For the first time ever, over a billion people are chronically hungry worldwide. There are also over a billion people who, like you and I, are in the position to help.  Taking part in the Menu for Hope raffle and you can join the billion who chose to make a difference.  Find out more about A Billion for A Billion here: http://wfp.org/1billion.  You can make a donation directly to WFP there, but if you want to join the Menu for Hope 6 raffle you'll have to play here with us.

Who collects the money?  The local hosts?  Pim?

Definitely not me.  Nor any other bloggers participating in the program.  We use a third party site called First Giving who collects the donation and send the money directly to the WFP.  No one's sending me a check or money order, and no one on the Menu for Hope team is making a dime out of this - unless you count good karma dimes, in which case we've made aplenty.  Find out more about how FirstGiving works here.

How can you help?

Browse the amazing array of delectable items offered by food and wine bloggers from all over the world.  You may also browse the bid items by region:

Europe (hosted by David Lebovitz)
Asia Pacific (hosted by Ed of Tomatom)
USA: East Coast (hosted by Helen of Tartelette)
USA: West Coast (hosted by Shauna of Gluten Free Girl)
Canada (hosted by Tara of Seven Spoons)

or if you're a wine geek you might want to head directly to see Alder at Vinography for the wine related bit items.

(The full list of worldwide raffle bid items will be up in just a little bit.  Check back here soon!) is now up!

Once you find an item or items you want, then go and make a donation to Menu for Hope 6 at First Giving.  For every $10 you donate, you may select one raffle bid item.  The more you donate, the more chances to get the item(s) you want. 

Even if you don't have much to share, don't count us out just yet.  In the past three years, over 80% of our donors gave less than $50, and in the same period we raised nearly $250K.  That's a lot of ten dollar bills from people just like you to make up nearly a quarter million!

If you don't want to indulge yourself with our delicious raffle bid items, consider donating $10 in your friend's or family's name, pick something they might like from our raffle.  Who knew, your $10 might get them the chef's Grand Tasting men with wine pairing for two at the Michelin 2-star Manresa in Los Gatos!


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