Fifth Annual Menu for Hope

menu-for-hopeTis the season!  One of the wonderful parts of being in the food blogging community is the charity that people express.  Not only are food bloggers willing to help each other out, but the kindness goes way beyond the virtual world and right into the lives of those who are the most needy.

Each year for the last five years, Pim of Chez Pim has organized the Menu for Hope charity event that benefits the UN World Food Program’s work in Lesotho.  Here’s how it works:

Bloggers donate incredible raffle prizes and post descriptions of them on their blogs, which are organized by regional hosts.   The public can then look at all the beautiful prizes and buy raffle tickets through Firstgiving.  Each ticket costs $10, and they can be applied to prizes by designating their code in the comments section when donating.

This is an amazing event, and although I’ve never won anything, I find it an exciting charity to be involved with.  Last year over 90,000USD were donated to the Lesotho project, including a school lunch program as well as the local procurement program.  To learn more about the WFP’s involvement in Lesotho, please click here.  And make sure you see the Lesotho children’s breathtaking pictures here.

After the jump I’ve put in what I consider to be the highlights of the prizes, but you should definitely check out the master list yourself.

And don’t forget to enter in to the raffles at Firstgiving.com!

(codes are in the parentheses)

For the Food Blogger

Photography Equipment: Lights (UW10) and Backgrounds (UW13)

BlogHer Conference Pass (UW09, via Kalyn’s Kitchen)

For the Cuteness Factor

Hello Kitty Bento Box (UW11)

Mice (UE05)

The I-Wish-I-Lived-Closer-and-Had-More-Vacation-Time Prizes

Milan Walking Tour (EU14)

London “Foodie Day” (EU05)

Free Coffee for a Year in Santa Cruz (UW21)

The Foodie Inside You

King Arthur Flour (UW04)

Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese (UW08)  [From my home state!!!]

San Francisco Blue Bottle Coffee Package (UW16)

If you’re really lucky, you can get 52 bars of rare Swiss Chocolate! (EU02)

…and, because she’s a category of her own

The ever-stylish Clothilde has come up with some wonderful prizes (I like EU10 and EU 11 myself…)

When you’re done surfing the prizes, go to Firstgiving.com to help the UN World Food Program and get your raffle tickets!

This year’s regional hosts (courtesy of Chez Pim):

Europe *including* the UK
Sara of Ms.Adventures in Italy

US: West Coast
Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites

US: East Coast
Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen

Canada
Meena Agarwal of Hooked on Heat

Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand
Ed Charles of Tomato

Wine Blog Host
Alder of Vinography

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