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Today is World Food Day, and 32.5% percent of children in developing countries suffer from malnutrition.
Celebrity chefs, religious leaders and families across the United States will team up with international relief and development organization Oxfam America to fight global hunger in honor of World Food Day. Renowned chefs including Jose Andres, Jamie Oliver and Lidia Bastianich are supporting a week of action organized by Oxfam America’s GROW campaign that will include events across the country.
“There is nothing more important to me than fighting for a world where everyone has enough to eat,” said Chef Jose Andres, Director and Chair of the World Central Kitchen. “I’m proud to work with Oxfam America’s GROW campaign to help make it easy for everyone to get involved and take action in their own homes and communities.”
Oxfam’s week of action will not only raise awareness, but will also bring about hundreds of solutions-oriented events large and small in cities and towns around the country:
- Using recipes specially designed by prominent chefs like Mario Batali and Aarti Sequeira, hundreds of families will host family meals that follow Oxfam’s GROW Method, 5 simple changes to how we buy, prepare and store food to help fight hunger in our daily lives.
- Restaurants in 15 cities will host meals that follow the GROW Method organized by Grubwithus, the social network for connecting real people in the real world over really good food. Visit: http://www.grubwithus.com/oxfam to find a restaurant in your town.
- Chef Jose Andres will join Oxfam to host a special GROW Method lunch at the World Food Prize in Des Moines Iowa featuring women farmers from Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
- Sex in the City’s Kristin Davis joins Oxfam America’s president Raymond C. Offenheiser at Google’s Los Angeles offices for a World Food Day themed Google Talk at Google headquarters.
Oxfam is providing World Food Day materials, including placemats, celebrity chef recipe cards, banners and stickers at no cost for those who would like to host their own event at http://www.oxfamamerica.org/worldfoodday.
The GROW campaign aims to help American families connect to small scale farmers around the world to build a more fair and equitable global food system. World Food Day helps engage individuals, companies and governments in actions that will help achieve this vision.
“Nearly one in seven people around the world go to bed hungry every night, not because we don’t have enough food for everyone, but because of inequality in access to resources and opportunity,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “We have more power as individuals than we realize to change things. World Food Day is the moment to seize this power and demand changes that will reduce inequality, fight hunger and help build a world where everyone has enough to eat now and in the future.”
Restaurants hosting meals for World Food Day include:
- Columbus, OH – Black Street Bistro
- Minneapolis, MN – Red Stag SupperClub
- Los Angeles, CA – Stella Rossa
- San Francisco, CA – Source
- Seattle, WA – Plum Vegan Bistro
- Albuquerque, NM – Slate Street Cafe
- Chicago, IL – Karyn’s on Green
- Austin, TX – Salty Sow
- Madison, WI – Graze
- Kansas City, MO – The Westside Local
- Indianapolis, IN – Pure Eatery
- Burlington, VT – Farmhouse Tap and Grill
- Boston, MA – Garden at the Cellar
- Philadelphia, PA – Audrey Claire
- New York, NY- Sun in Bloom
Find out more about World Food Day at: www.oxfamamerica.org/worldfoodday
For more details see http://www.grubwithus.com/oxfam
Nation Comes Together to Exceed Fundraising Goal for No Kid Hungry Campaign
Romano’s Macaroni Grill® announced today it has surpassed its fundraising goal, by 200%, to help end childhood hunger in America. By participating in Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ program this September, the company rallied fans in-restaurant and online to give back to the cause—raising more than $300,000 between September 1st and 30th, 2012.
“Our campaign to support No Kid Hungry exceeded all expectations,” said Romano’s Macaroni Grill CEO, Norman Abdallah. “It rallied the nation to come together for an important cause, ultimately raising more than $300,000 and helping connect kids to as many as three million meals—triple what we had initially targeted.”
A national sponsor, Romano’s Macaroni Grill® kicked off its participation in the No Kid Hungry campaign by pledging to help connect kids to 1 million meals with a nationwide “Give, Share, Tag” platform that included in-restaurant promotions, social sharing activations and a blogger call-to-action. Guests donated funds in-restaurant, and Macaroni Grill helped connect a kid to a meal for every online social tag, share or tweet with #macgrillgive.
“The dedication and passion Romano’s Macaroni Grill has brought to the No Kid Hungry campaign has been phenomenal,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength®. “The real dividend of course is in the results they have been able to achieve. Through our No Kid Hungry campaign, one dollar can help connect a kid to up to 10 meals. With the dedication and creative talent of companies like Romano’s Macaroni Grill, who have empowered their work force and customers to take action against hunger, we know we can ensure that every child in America gets the food they need.”
“Our guests and team members were the key to success in this vital mission to help end childhood hunger,” said Romano’s Macaroni Grill Chief Marketing Officer, Brandon Coleman III. “We are deeply gratified to have helped No Kid Hungry connect kids to so many meals.”
For more information, please visit: macaronigrill.com/macgrillgive.
The topic? “Why is ending childhood hunger in America important to you?”
Share Our Strength, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America is sponsoring an essay contest starting Sunday, September 9.
Topic: Essays must answer the question, “Why is ending childhood hunger in America important to you?”
- Length: 500 words or less
- Prizes: Each entrant will receive a prize
- Top three in two age categories (under 15 and 15-21) will win cash prizes of up to $500
The essay is part of Share Our Strength’s Go Orange for No Kid Hungry® drive, which encourages people to wear orange (the color of hunger awareness) September 6-9.
The month of September and the color orange are dedicated to the cause of hunger awareness. More than 16 million kids in America struggle with hunger. That’s 1 in 5 kids who face hunger in the U.S. America’s young people have the power and the passion to help change this, by learning the facts, inspiring us with their stories, and joining No Kid Hungry with actions big or small.
- Participants must be no older than 21 years of age.
- Classrooms, sports teams, clubs, youth organizations and other types of youth groups can submit one essay as a group or one from each member of the group.
- Essays must be submitted between Sunday September 9, 12:01 EST and Monday, September 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
To submit an essay, participants must:
- Email the essay and a photo of themselves or their group wearing the color orange to NoKidHungry2@strength.org. *Handwritten essays must be scanned and emailed.
- Make the subject line of the email “2012 Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest.”
- Be sure to include their full name, age and contact phone number.
For more information, please visit www.nokidhungry2.org/goorange.
About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and No Kid Hungry 2
More than 16 million children in America struggle with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. By doing this, we surround children in this nation with healthy food where they live, learn and play. Get involved at NoKidHungry.org. No Kid Hungry2 presents America’s youth with opportunities and ideas to become join the campaign through education and actions. See how at www.NoKidHungry2.org.
On Monday, August 20, 2012, the Maestro Cares Foundation, in partnership with Blackberry, Goya, and the Dominican Republic Department of Tourism, hosted 200 guests for the organization’s first ever Chicago fundraiser. Held at the Sofitel Water Tower, in the heart of the city’s Gold Coast, the red-carpet event raised over $100,000 for the development of a new residence hall for orphaned children in the Dominican Republic. The evening included special appearances by global pop icon and Maestro Cares co-founder Marc Anthony, entrepreneur and co-founder Henry Cardenas, Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez, and actor Luis Guzman.
Live music was provided by a jazz quartet followed by a DJ. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and catering were sponsored by the Sofitel Water Tower.
Guests and supporters of the event bid on a number of unique auction items and experiences including a signed soccer jersey by Lionel Messi and the Argentinean National Team, a necklace by world renowned designer Oscar de la Renta, a helmet signed by Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez, a signed guitar by rock band Mana and front-row tickets to Anthony’s current international tour, GIGANT3S, with a Meet-and-Greet opportunity following the show, among other items.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the completion of a new residence hall and learning facility for over 200 children living at Orfanato Niños de Cristo, an orphanage in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The Dominican orphanage will be the first territory to directly benefit from the Maestro Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization established to benefit charitable organizations in developing Latin American countries. Maestro Cares seeks to offer assistance to orphaned and disadvantaged children while supporting social services and other development programs.
“The creation of Maestro Cares is a testimony to the wonderful spirit of Mr. Anthony and Mr. Cardenas,” said Sonia Hane, Founder of the Orfanato Niños de Cristo. “The commitment of these gentlemen is an inspiration to us, and I am confident that the impact of Maestro Cares will be felt by the children in this country for many years to come.”
For more information, visit www.maestrocares.org.
KCRW’s Winter Pledge Drive was the first time the station partnered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and were shocked by the enthusiastic response. During the 9-day drive, KCRW was able to donate more than 80,000 meals – made possible by donors who chose to forgo personal premium gifts and donate meals instead. So this time around, they plan to double that number!
And, in case you haven’t seen it, kittens are helping KCRW kick it all off. The station also partnered with the Best Friends Animal Society for their Summer Pledge Drive. Check out their furry friends in the first of several KCRW kitten videos that they’ll be pushing out over the next few days! And yes, that is John Irving reading an except from his newest novel, In One Person, to some attentive kittens.
For more information on the KCRW Summer Pledge Drive visit: www.kcrw.com/join.
World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people.
International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others.
The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign…more
Carolina Panthers’ middle linebacker Jon Beason showed his support to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina on Friday evening, announcing the re-creation and sale of his favorite childhood dessert at two Harris Teeter locations starting this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Proceeds from sales of the dessert will benefit the food bank.
“It has always been important for me to give back to the community, and for the past two years, the Food Bank, Harris Teeter and I delivered Thanksgiving meals to children and their families at Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Beason, via a pre-taped recording played in front of 700 guests attending Chef’s Best. “It was amazing to experience the joy expressed by those children when they accepted the holiday dinner…”
“I also encourage you to give back to the food bank at every chance you get. … Starting tomorrow, Harris Teeter will sell my Double Decker Key Lime Strawberry Pie, proceeds of which will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina,” said Beason.
Beason’s Double Decker Key Lime Strawberry, a version of his favorite childhood dessert, will be available at both the Morrocroft and Cotswold Harris Teeter locations on Aug. 4, 2012 and Aug. 5, 2012, while supplies last, for $5 per slice or $30 per whole pie. Harris Teeter will also be sampling the dessert. Beason also donated a signed jersey to the food bank that was auctioned live at the dinner event.
In its 23rd year, Chef’s Best is an evening of gourmet food and entertainment designed to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s Community Food Rescue program. Local chefs: Chef Gene Briggs, Blue Restaurant & Bar and Osso Restaurant & Lounge; Chef Tom Condron, The Liberty; Chef Bruce Moffett, Barringtons Restaurant; and Chef Joe Kindred, Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen; created a four-course menu using local produce items available in Harris Teeter stores. The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charlotte hosted a reception prior to dinner, and Biltmore Winery, Shelton Vineyards and E&J Gallo Winery also participated.
With over 700 guests attending the event, the food bank expects to raise over $100,000.
Building on two historic fundraising telecasts in 2008 and 2010, groundbreaking grassroots movement Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), will return to primetime television on Friday, September 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET & PT). Executive producers Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions will join Stand Up To Cancer’s production team to deliver a one-of-a-kind show featuring performances from top recording artists, and celebrities from film, television and sports engaging viewers with powerful stories and a moving call-to-action.
This star-studded appeal will continue to build public support for groundbreaking translational research accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the “bench to the bedside” as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to collaborate…more