Friday, December 14, 2007

Thinking of Others: Menu For Hope 4

It's that time of year again. The time of year where we spend time giving gifts and receiving gifts, and celebrating the wonders of the season with those we love. This time of year also means that my thoughts often turn towards those who are less fortunate. While we sit in our snug home, eating at each meal, with snacks often in between, there are people all over the world who don't even know where their next meal is coming from, or if it will even come in time...

Here in the United States, those who have school-aged children are fortunate to have school lunch programs available. Those families who have very little or no money, can often be assured that their little ones will at least have a hot meal during the school day. In other countries, children are not so fortunate.

That's one of the many reasons why this year's Menu For Hope is so important, and so dear to me. This year's proceeds from A Menu For Hope will be used by The World Food Programme to help support the school lunch program in the country of Lesotho. The very generous Chez Pim is once again spearheading and hosting the Menu For Hope campaign this year. One of the many things she has done this year includes getting some photos taken from the country of Lesotho. You can click here to see those photos- it's truly amazing to see just how little these people have.

Here's where you come in. Last year food bloggers helped raise over $62,000 for the UN World Food Programme, and we want to beat it this year! When so many people have so little, surely you can find an extra $10 in your pocket to contribute to the cause- I know I did. And here's the best part. By contributing just $10, you can also enter a chance to win some truly amazing prizes. There are so many to pick from- you can see the complete list here. The prizes run the gamut, from signed cookbooks, homemade sweets, and complimentary dinners to some truly amazing culinary experiences with premiere chefs around the country. The process is simple. Scroll down the prize offerings to find what you like, and then click over to the Firstgiving site to make your donation. You enter your prize codes in the comments section of your donation, and just like that, you've been entered into some very generous prize raffles. You can choose one prize per $10 you donate, so the more you donate, the more chances you have to win the prizes you want the most.

Please consider giving to this oh-so-worthy cause. And thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart.

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