Tag Archives: Charity

Menu for Hope and the Food Blog Awards

December is more than the Holiday season, especially for those of us in the food blog community. It also happens to be the month where we look out for our fellow humans, and then celebrate the greatness that is food blogging.

In regard to the former, I’m referring to Pim’s annual Menu for Hope. Buy a raffle ticket or two (or ten) and then place your ticket in the virtual hat that corresponds to a prize that you desire. If your name is chosen, you win that prize! The money spent on the raffle ticket will go to the UN World Food Programme.

In regard to the latter, the Well Fed Network is once again hosting the Food Blog Awards. Head over to their fine web page(s) and let them know who you believe to have the better food blogs out there.

Pim’s Menu of Hope Update

Pim sent this to me and several others, with the intent of getting the word out. Most important point? The Just Giving Page is still up and running. I’ll let her state the rest of the issues from here:


Hi everyone!

Those of you on Typepad would have known this already, Typepad went down last night. When they came back up they used a backup copy from a few days ago, and lost all the posts from the last few days!

The problem is all the Menu for Hope pages are GONE! They might come back, I’m sure folks at Typepad are working on it, but I don’t want to lose momentum on this. We’ve been doing so well and go up by over a thousand every day! The last I checked we were at $6,473.00 and unfortunately there had not been any donation since Typepad went down. People must be wondering what is going on when they come to Chez Pim and couldn’t find any of the post on Menu for Hope.

Would those of you NOT on Typepad put a post up about this? Please inform your readers that the fundraising page is temporarily down, and we are working to get it up as soon as possible. In the meantime, the donation page at FirstGiving is still up.

Is there anyone who has a copy of the entire menu? If you do you might want to speak up so the rest of us can point to your copy while Typepad works on the problem. Thanks so much.

keep your fingers crossed!

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Menu for Hope II

It is the season of giving,the season of love and of joy for our fellow man.

Pim, continuing the tradition started last year, has organized Menu for Hope II. Food Bloggers world wide are participating to raise money for charity. We are raising money for Unicef. The funds will be earmarked for the earthquake victims in Northern India and Pakistan.

How are we going to accomplish this? Through an online raffle drawing. Several food bloggers (myself included) have provided various gifts and prizes packages. Me? I have donated two Italian cookbooks by Marcella Hazan.

Each $5 donated will give you one chance (or one virtual raffle ticket) to wine a prize of your choosing. All you need to do to bid on item is state in the ‘comment’ section of your donation form which prize you would like to be drawn for.

You can also donate more than $5 of course, each $5 will give you one chance at one prize. (Yes, you are allowed to specify more than one gifts if you donate more than $5.)

No money will go through our hands. Just Giving will do the collection and forward all the money raised directly to Unicef.

Over there in the right colum is a graphic that will take you directly to the Just Giving site. Then give what you can.

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Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Day

It was February of 1998. For the first time in years, I could take a trip that was not business related in any sense of the word. My choice of destination?

New Orleans.

My friends and I were there a week before Mardi Gras, and we had a blast…from what I can remember of it.

We hit Bourbon Street of course, where we sampled many of the local drinks. We collected beads, and my friends had no concerns in…ahem…displaying their wares.

But it was the meals in which we truly indulged. Po’Boys, mufalattas, crawdads, etouffee…you name a local delicacy, we sampled it.

Even more memorable? The people. Everyone, both known and newly known, gave us nothing but smiles and pats on the backs (and the occaisional drink). There was not a single unpleasant incident the entire week we were there.

What they must be going through at the moment is beyond my own comprehension. As somone wrote elsewhere, when you watch a drenched woman guide her husband’s corpse downriver that makes you realize that what’s going on in your life really pales in comparison.

As everyone knows by now, Hurricane Katrina has devastated New Orleans and several states in the Gulf region. Right now, many people need food and shelter. So along with many other blogs, today I’m going to ask for readers to help out.

There will be time in the near future to answer important questions: How many people have died? When will people be allowed to go home? Did government ineptness make matters worse?

But today? Today we need to feed and shelter the dispossesed.

Today is Blog for Relief day. Your help is needed. Click on the graphic in this post, or the one directly to the right. Donate money. It’s that simple.

Please give any money you can spare to America’s Second Harvest, my (and eGullets) charity of choice. Help them provide food for those who’ve survived and to those who have been displaced by Hurrican Katrina.

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New Orleans and Katrina Aftermath

A flood wall broke and water from Lake Pontchartrain is flooding the city at an alarming rate. According to WWLTV.com, residents will probably be allowed back in town in a week, with identification only, but only to get essentials and clothing. You will then be asked to leave and not come back for one month.

That’s approximately six weeks without a home.

I’ve heard from one of the New Orleans food blogs and they’re out of state and all right, considering their house is under 12 feet of water. Ive yet to hear word from the others.

As for the rest of the City? It remains to be seen…

You can help out by sending money and/or volunteers to any of the below charities.

America’s Second Harvest
Phone:312-263-2303 ext. 147

American Disaster Reserve
Phone: 804-287-1246

American Red Cross
Phone” (202) 303-8635

Disaster Psychiatry Outreach
Phone: 212-598-9995

Humane Society of the United States
Phone: 301-548-7774
Cell Phone: 301-526-5081


Hurricanes are horrible and devastating, regardless of where they hit. But several of the people in the links to the down and right make New Orleans their home.

Be well all.

While we’re waiting to see what occurs, now is as good of a time as any to help out the Red Cross. Throw some money their way if you can afford it. Choose “National Disaster Relief Fund” to send the money to hurricane relief.

Food Corporations and Charities

(…or perhaps you can call this post “When Kate Jumps the Shark“)

(PROLOGUE: If you’re feeling charitable of late, please consider giving to Second Harvest, if you are so inclined. Here’s the donation sheet. This Prologue will make sense once you read the post.)

I think it’s pretty clear to anyone who reads this site on a regular basis that I have a jaundiced eye when it comes to many corporations. They have their job to do and that’s all well and good. But I don’t think it takes much research to figure out that many food corporations have their stockholder’s interests first, and everyone else runs a distant second, third, and fourth.

And then there are PR firms, whose job entails ensuring that these huge multi-national conglomerates have pristine images, regardless if these corporations are ethical or otherwise.

Should I mention that I detest PR firms even moreso that most food corporations? Or is that point already relatively clear?

I bring this up because I recieved an e-mail from a PR firm asking me to do a little posting for them, on behalf of their client – Dannon Yogurt. Their desire? A post about the charity that Dannon it supports…a charity, that I should mention in the course of full disclosure that I have given to in the past and whose goals I laud and agree with : Second Harvest.

The tact in which they wish to give money to Second Harvest? From the E-mail:

The page features a graphical “givingˮ button. Every time this button is clicked, it will trigger a $1 donation — or the equivalent of 15 meals — to America’s Second Harvest up to a total of $75,000(emphasis mine – Kate). Once the donation button is clicked, each user will also have the opportunity to let a friend know about it via a special Dannon/America’s Second Harvest e-card. When this e-card is sent, the original $1 donation will be doubled!

This is where I’m a bit peeved. Dannon wishes between 37,500-70,000 people, to visit their website, a website that is chock-full of advertising for their own products.

Hey Dannon, here’s an idea: How about just giving Second Harvest the full $75,000 without making an advertisement campaign out of it? You could do a press release and everything. Or, if you wish to make this entire episode to seem less of a ad campaign, up the cap of how much you wish to reach, say…750,000 dollars. But $75,000? 75k is pocket change for you, and we all know it.

Perhaps I’m cynical, perhaps even jaded…but to me, having your PR company shill the idea that you’re charitable is shallow and classless, whether your motives are pure or not.

To my readers…I do want you to give to Second Harvest, if you are so inclined. Here’s the link.

Am I off the edge here? Should a corporations charity event be advertised? If so, what’s the best way to go about it? My guess that sending an e-mail to bloggers that is clearly cut & pasted is not the most efficient means. If someone is willing to make the argument for Dannon, I’d be willing to listen.