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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Help Us Help Others

Could you help us feed the world's hungry? Asia Pacific prize round-up

UPDATE: Check out the centralised list of prizes gathered by the Asia Pacific region here.

Menu for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign originally devised by Chez Pim, perhaps the most well-known food blogger in the world. Last year the campaign raised US$17,000 for UNICEF in just twelve days. In 2006 we will be raising funds to support the United Nations World Food Programme.

How does it work?

On December 11, 2006, food bloggers around the world will publish posts encouraging their readers to purchase online raffle tickets for individual prizes. These are prizes that have been donated or sourced by food bloggers and will be food- or wine-related. Each raffle ticket will cost $US10.

Who will be collecting the money?

All donations will be collected by a third party, the online fundraising company First Giving.

How can I help?

Before December 11, 2006: Help us increase the prize pool by either donating a prize personally, or finding others who can.

From December 11-22, 2006: Buy raffle tickets and help us publicise the campaign (on your blog or by word-of-mouth) to help us raise awareness, interest and most importantly, more funds.

I'm a food blogger. What type of prize could I donate?

You may wish to donate a cookbook, a restaurant guide or local, homemade or gourmet goodies. Perhaps you could donate your expertise or experience. A lesson in food-styling or food photography. A gastronomic tour of your favourite dining or shopping area. A cooking class on making bread, pasta, pastries or dessert. A lesson on understanding html, using Photoshop or redesigning a template for a food blog. Get creative! Think laterally. Just keep it food-and-wine related and remember that you will be responsible for posting out prizes to the winner.

I'm a cash-strapped food blogger and I can't think of any experience I could donate. How else can I donate a prize?

Get in contact with local food- or wine-related businesses, including restaurants, hotels, bookshops, bakeries, cake shops and vineyards. Would they be interested in donating a voucher for specific food- or wine-related products or services?

I'm involved with a food- or wine-related business. Can I donate a prize?

Absolutely. Vouchers work best especially as all prizes will be posted out by yourself to the winner.

I have my prize donation. Now what?

Contact the coordinator for your geographic region and email the details of your pledged prize (and a photo if possible) as soon as you can. On December 11, 2006 each host will publish a central list of all the prizes collected for their region. If you have a food blog, you should also publish a post outlining the details of your prize, encouraging your readers to purchase raffle tickets.

Who are the regional coordinators?

Contact the host blogs below with details of your prize pledge. They will also be happy to answer any queries.

Asia Pacific: Helen from Grab Your Fork
Canada: Jasmine from Cardamom Addict
Europe: David Lebovitz from Davidlebovitz.com
Latin America: Melissa de Leon from The Cooking Diva
US East Coast: Adam from The Amateur Gourmet
US West Coast: Sam from Becks and Posh
US (the rest): Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen

When will I find out what prizes have been donated?

Check the host blog for your region on December 11, 2006. Bookmark this page and I will include updated links to all the prize listings as they become available from December 11.
UPDATE: Check out the centralised list of prizes gathered by the Asia Pacific region here.

When can I start buying raffle tickets?

Monday December 11, 2006.

Other posts on Menu For Hope III:
Campaign organiser -
Chez Pim: A Glimmer of Hope
Regional host Canada -
Cardamom Addict: Raffle Prizes Needed: Menu for Hope III
Regional Host Europe -
David Lebowitz: Menu for Hope III
Regional Host US West Coast) -
Becks & Posh: Menu for Hope III Announcement
Public Relations Asia Pacific -
Chubby Hubby: Calling All Food Bloggers!
5 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 11/29/2006 11:58:00 pm


  • At 11/30/2006 7:16 am, Blogger Yvo Sin said…

    That's really awesome! I have to think of what I could donate. Hmm.

  • At 11/30/2006 2:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Helen,

    Congrats to Pim & yourself & all the others for starting/ supporting this. I'm not a foodblogger but I've just had a brilliant idea for at least one donation so keep your fingers crossed in hope that I get a positive response from the relevant person(s).


  • At 12/01/2006 11:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great write up, and looking forward to seeing all the posts on December 11th! Thanks to all who participate...

  • At 12/03/2006 8:35 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm very late in getting a prize organised but I have finally thought of something I can donate.

  • At 12/04/2006 11:38 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    i'm so thrilled!


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