Menu For Hope 6: Call For Prizes!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Menu For Hope 2009

I am honored and thrilled to be the East Coast host for this year Menu For Hope, an annual fundraising campaign hosted by Pim of Chez Pim and a revolving group of food bloggers around the world. Along the years, Menu for Hope has raised nearly a quarter of million dollars in support of the good work of the UN World Food Programme, helping to feed hungry people worldwide.

This year, Menu For Hope is supporting a new initiative called Purchase for Progress (P4P). P4P enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation. P4P helps farmers improves farming practices and puts more cash directly into their pockets in return for their crops. This will also help local economy by creating jobs and income locally.

How does it work?

People from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes for the Menu for Hope raffle. This year the raffle will start on December 14th and end on December 25th. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of your choice.

How can you help?

- Participate in Menu for Hope VI by donating a raffle prize or by promoting Menu for Hope on your blog.

- Please contact the host in your area (the list is below) to obtain a prize code and be listed on the official Menu for Hope prize list. (Important: please do this before you list your prize on your blog, unrecognized prizes will not be added to the main list.)

- The prize you offer need not be of high monetary value, but it should appeal to your readership. A small rule of thumb we'd like to suggest is that each prize offered should have the potential to raise at least $200.

- Each donor is also responsible for shipping their prize to the winner so please make sure your budget covers it. It's important that you specify where your shipping area will cover when you offer the prize. No restrictions is always a plus but if you must, then please be very clear in your blog post so as not to confuse our donors.

Menu For Hope 2009

To recap:If you'd like to participate, please send to your regional host, before December 10th:
- your prize information/description (100 words or so)
- shipping restrictions or other "to be used by" details if needed
- two images: 75x75 thumbnail and 200x200px
- your name, preferred email address and blog name

Your host will issue your prize code and give you further instructions on what to do for the Menu For Hope raffle launch on December 14th.

Here are your local hosts for this year's Menu for Hope:

US: West Coast
Shauna of Gluten Free Girl (glutenfreegirl[at]gmail[dot]com)

US: East Coast
Helen of Tartelette (mytartelette[at]gmail[dot]com)

Europe *and* the UK:
David of David Lebovitz(david.lebovitz[at]yahoo[dot]com)

Canada:
Tara of Seven Spoons (tara[at]sevenspoons[dot]net)

Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand:
Ed Charles of Tomato (gastrotom[at]gmail[dot]com)

Special Wine Blog Host:
Alder of Vinography (alder[at]vinography[dot]com)

Come back to Chez Pim on Monday December 14 when the campaign goes online for a link to the donation site.

The raffle is handled by an online fundraising company called First Giving. The bloggers never touch the money. The WFP don't waste overheads on processing mini-donations, the majority of which are between $10-$50, that's a whole lot of tenners to make up $90K.

Whether you choose to bid or buy raffle tickets, thank you! You guys ROCK. I'll never this enough...

Don't be shy...Ok, I'll start:

For this year MFH I am donating a one day 101 macarons making class (here in SC unless you are willing to ship me!) and three 8x12 prints from my etsy shop. Details to come next week.

6 comments:

Maria said...

What a great event. Glad it is going on again!

Abby said...

How fabulous - with all those wonderful bloggers doing the hosting you guys will do a world of good.

(And I didn't know you had an etsy shop! I run one with my sister - Carolina Craft Shoppe - and we just hearted you!)

Alexandra said...

Fantastic! What a great cause, especially since the numbers of the impoverished and the hungry are rising...

ps. i didnt include my deepest condolences in my previous comment...my sincerest, from my heart to yours

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Fantastic. Meeta told us all about this in London this last weekend at Food Bloggers Connect. Now, off to think hard about what to contribute

Mallory Elise said...

but where is South America?!?! well. well. well. tell them to remember and add a new host next year. (ehem, me!)

Tartelette said...

Mallory Elise: P4P will be piloting the following countried in the next 5 years:
Africa: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
Latin America: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua,
Asia: Afghanistan and Laos.

Feel free to contact Pim to host next year. In the meantime, feel free to talk about the campaign on your blog. Any bit helps!

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