Menu for Hope

by Sarah Henry on December 16, 2009 · 0 comments

in food events,food flotsam & jetsam,food politics,food security

Here’s a shout out for a worthy cause sponsored by food bloggers around the globe during this season of giving, getting, and overeating.

Menu for Hope is an annual, above board, fair dinkum, fundraising campaign to help feed hungry people worldwide. The devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia provided inspiration for the first campaign, which raises funds for the UN World Food Programme.

In the past three years alone the event has collected nearly a cool quarter of a million. This year the money goes to help local farmers in countries of need through a program called Purchase for Progress.

What is Menu for Hope? It’s essentially a virtual raffle. You plonk down 10 bucks a bid on a delicious donated item, or two or three. Could make a great holiday gift for family, friends, or, you know, maybe even your good self. Just purchase tickets by December 25. That’s next Friday.

Browse the array of prizes on the award-winning blog Chez Pim.  And kudos to Pim Techamuanvivit for kicking off this campaign six years ago.

I’m eyeing a bunch of tempting prizes up for grabs on the West Coast including foraging excursions, photography workshops, artisanal goodies and cookbooks signed by celeb chefs. Hmmm…what to choose?

Scroll below for a list of prizes in your neck of the woods hosted by five fab food bloggers & an in-the-know wine guy (high fives to you folks):

US: West Coast: Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl.

US: East Coast:  Helen Dujardin of Tartelette

Europe *and* the UK: David Lebovitz

Canada: Tara of Seven Spoons

Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand: Ed Charles of Tomato

Wine Blog Host: Alder Yarrow of Vinography

You might get lucky.  You’ll definitely do good. And feel good.

Winners announced January 18 on Chez Pim.

Let the bidding begin.

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Romney Steele December 16, 2009 at 11:12 am

Thanks for the shout out to Menu for Hope, Sarah. It’s a great and fairly easy way to contribute across the world, while connecting with people in the blogosphere, and also gaining a little something for yourself (or a friend) at the same time.

If you love Big Sur, consider bidding on a signed copy of my book that comes with a $100 gift certificate to Nepenthe restaurant, plus goodies from my kitchen (prize UW14).


Sarah Henry December 16, 2009 at 2:50 pm

You’re welcome, Nani. Am sure your lovely book, Nepenthe gift cert, and homemade goodies will attract a bevy of bidders.

Thanks for the generous donation.


Dianne Jacob December 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

Thanks Sarah, for helping get the word out.

Food bloggers are a passionate bunch, and they have worked hard to tempt us. The bid items are so mouthwatering I’m having a hard time deciding which to bid on.

(I’m offering two hours of consulting time for food writers, bloggers, aspiring food bloggers, etc. Bid on mine! Bid on mine!)


Sarah Henry December 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm

My pleasure, Dianne. Food writers near and far will do themselves a favor by bidding on a couple of hours of consultation time with you.

Thanks for the generous gift.


Anna, The Lemon Lady December 22, 2009 at 8:49 am

Reading. Just checking in this morning. Happy Holidays.


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