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Menu for Hope V: Raffle Results

Menu for Hope

The 5th Annual Menu for Hope campaign has raised over $62,000 in support of the UN’s World Food Program in Lesotho.

Thank you for your support and generosity, and head over to Pim’s to check the raffle results and see if you’ve won.

And if you’re the winner of one of my three prizes (EU09, EU10, or EU11), please get in touch to collect it!

5th Annual Menu for Hope

Menu for Hope

Today marks the beginning of the 5th edition of Menu for Hope, a fundraising campaign created by Pim and championed by food bloggers all around the world. The funds raised will benefit the United Nations’ World Food Programme and more specifically, their school feeding program in Lesotho, which provides breakfast and lunch to primary school children; we have chosen to support the same program as we did last year, for which — hang on to your bonnet — $91,188 were raised.

Times are tough and uncertain and worrisome, I’ll give you that, but if anything, that should make us even more inclined to give what we can to those whose life prospects are incomparably more dire.

This fundraising works as a virtual raffle: every US$10 you donate will buy you a raffle ticket to win one of the prizes contributed by participating bloggers. The campaign ends on December 31, and the results of the raffle will be announced in January. We bloggers will then send our prizes to the winners, and all funds raised will go to the World Food Programme.

I am offering three prizes this year:

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4th Annual Menu for Hope

Menu for Hope

For the fourth year in a row, food bloggers around the world are answering Pim‘s call to participate in a fundraising campaign that will benefit the United Nations’ World Food Programme and more specifically, their school feeding program in Lesotho, which provides breakfast and lunch to 137,000 children across the country.

This fundraising works as a virtual raffle. Every US$10 you donate will buy you a raffle ticket to win one of the prizes contributed by participating bloggers. The results of the raffle drawings will be announced on January 9; we bloggers will send our prizes to the winners, and all funds raised will go to the WFP.

Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris The prize I am donating is a copy of Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris, my upcoming book on Paris restaurants and shops (read more about it here), inscribed in your name, or that of the person of your choice. This prize goes by the moniker EU07, so be sure to include this reference with your donation if it is the one you’d like to bid on: seven is my lucky number, and it could be yours, too! (Please note that the book will be released on April 22, so it will be sent to the winner at that time.)

So: check Pim’s blog for the Menu for Hope FAQ and the master list of prizes, visit our European host Fanny for a list of the prizes contributed by EU bloggers, and, if you deem our cause worthy and our prizes spine-tingling, head over to the donation page! Thank you in advance for your generous participation.

Pastries for Hope

Menu for Hope
Image courtesy of Heidi Swanson

For the second time now, Pim has put on her fundraiser hat and enrolled us food bloggers to help: in this new Menu for Hope campaign, she is organizing a virtual raffle to raise money for the earthquake victims in Northern India and Pakistan, who are still in dire need of help. The funds will be collected by Unicef through the First Giving website (and no money will pass through our hands).

How does this work? Each participating food blogger has donated a prize for the raffle, and the list can be found here — quite the Prévert inventory. Readers are invited to donate $5, which will get them a raffle ticket and a chance to win the prize of their choice. You are more than welcome to give more if you can: each $5 will get you one chance to win. Don’t forget to note, in the comment section of your donation, which prize(s) you are interested in. At the end of the campaign on Dec. 23, we will have a drawing and pick one winner per prize. The results will be announced after Jan. 1.

The gift I am contributing is the gift of haute-couture sweets: I will treat the winner to pastries at Pierre Hermé as soon as he or she sets foot in Paris, to be gaily sampled (read: devoured) with a cup of tea at the nearby Café de la Mairie, sitting at the terrace if it’s sunny. For examples of what that might entail, you can read some of my past accounts. Think you might like that? Then head over to the First Giving website and donate $5 for your raffle ticket!

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