Has been extended until December 31, 2009 – Please contribute to this amazing cause!
What is Menu for Hope? Menu for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign which was started by Pim of Chez Pim and it takes place each December. Pim has been collaborating with food bloggers from around the world for the past fives year, after the tsunami hit Southeast Asia, and looking for a way to help, Menu for Hope was born.
Here is a bit more information that is from Pim’s site. Each December, food bloggers from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too – can buy raffle tickets to bid on these prizes. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of their choice. At the end of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim.
Once again we’ve chosen to work with the UN World Food Programme. WFP is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good.
This year, we are supporting a new initiative at the WFP 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 buoy local economy by creating jobs and income locally. We food bloggers understand the importance of buying locally and supporting our local farms, P4P helps do the same for farmers in low income countries around the world. More on P4P at http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress.
Certainly not me, nor the other bloggers participating on the campaign. We know our readers trust us, but we also want to be completely transparent in our fundraising. So, we use a very good online fundraising company called FirstGiving, who has worked with us since the first Menu for Hope years ago.
Donors can make an online (tax deductible) donation with a credit card. FirstGiving collects and processes the payments and, at the end of the campaign, transfers the donations in one lump sum to the WFP. This is a win-win situation for all parties involved. The bloggers never touch the money. The WFP don’t waste overheads on processing mini-donations, the majority of which were between $10-$50, that’s a whole lot of tenners to make up $90K. Firstgiving does all the work and collects a small fee, which include the credit card processing charges.
Last year, FirstGiving gave back 1% of the total amount raised in lieu of a discount on their processing fee.
Prize Code UW15
We are very excited to be part of Menu for Hope 6 this year. As well we are very excited to be offering you a very seductive food item to bid on. One of our favorite vendors, is Celine of Gourmet Attitude. We had the honor of being introduced to Celine through Pim at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival this year. We love Celine, not only is she very kind, but she has one of the best jobs in the world, she is THE truffle goddess and distributes her truffles to the creme de la creme of restaurants in the US, think “French Laundry, Alinea, Daniel, Manresa, and others”. We have been so lucky to have her spoiling us rotten all year with truffles. She has been kind enough to donate this wonderful gift set to Chez Us to help raise money for Menu for Hope 6.
This bid item includes 3 – 40 ml of: truffle honey, balsamic truffle vinegar and truffle oil. If you have not tried truffles, this is a great introductory into your next obsession. If you have tried them and are in love, well, these are just a few of our favorite products she offers. The prize code for this gift will be UW15. *we can only ship this gift to the USA.
To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Choose a bid item or bid items of your choice from our Menu for Hope main bid item list.
2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.
3. Please specify which bid item you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per bid item, and please use the bid item code.
Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 – 2xEU01, 3xEU02.
4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.
5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
Check back on Chez Pim on Monday, January 18 for the results of the raffle.
Thanks for your participation, and good luck in the raffle!”