As I continue being crazy busy and unable to post anything of substance to my blog, I do want to stop to bring my readers' attention to this year's Menu for Hope event, hosted by the wonderful Pim. There are a slew of foodie'/wine-lovers' prizers from and for around the world--just buy a raffle ticket for ten bucks each, and see if you win. Last year, Menu for Hope IV raised nearly $100,000 for the UN World Food Programme.
In Pim's words: "We chose to support the school lunch program because providing food for the children not only keeps them alive, but keeps them in school so that they learn the skills to feed themselves in the future. We chose to support the program in Lesotho because it is a model program in local procurement - buying food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. Instead of shipping surplus corn across the ocean, the WFP is buying directly from local subsistent farmers who practice conservation farming methods in Lesotho to feed the children there."
Last year, I won an awesome "care package" consisting of two big boxes of British treats! It was one of this year's food-related highlights.
Some of you might wonder why she doesn't choose to benefit a domestic program. If you're wondering, maybe your spirit of giving isn't quite in the right place, or at least, not in the same place as Pim's. I'm looking forward to participating in Menu for Hope V, but if you're looking to bring your charitable dollars a little closer to home, look for places like the United Food Bank. If you can spare any help, it's certainly needed this time of year, and this year specifically. Have a wonderful holidays, and thanks for reading!