Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Menu for Hope: 2008

Would you like to win a food or wine prize, as well as feel good because you have given to a special charity? Then why not participate in the 2008 Menu For Hope!

The Menu For Hope 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. This year, the raffle runs from December 15 to December 24.

Every $10 you donate gets you a virtual raffle ticket toward the prize of your 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 from all over the world and the prizes are well worth checking out. Adler over at Vinography is organizing the prizes given by the wine bloggers and you can see the list on his site.

Why not take a chance and give to a good cause. Check out the prizes and I am sure there will be something that perks your interest. Though I did not win anything last year, I will be participating again this year and hope to win. Please join me and buy some rafffle tickets and help some less fortunate children.

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