Menu for Hope 2007 is an annual fundraising event in support of the UN World Food Program. It was started by Chez Pim about five years ago after the devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia.
Each year, food and wine bloggers from all over the world participate in a large online raffle, offering many intriguing food and wine-related prizes. $10 gets you a virtual raffle ticket toward the prize of their choice.
For every $100 donated, $85.65 will go directly to the charity. This year, the funds raised will be earmarked for the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa. This was chosen 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.
The prizes have been quite generously donated by food and wine bloggers and are well woth checking out. Adler over at Vinography is organizing the wine bloggers and you can see the list of prizes there.
Why not take a chance and give to a good cause. Check out the prizes and buy some raffle tickets. I will be doing so.