Monday, December 11, 2006

Food Bloggers Unite for Good: Menu for Hope Starts Today

$17,000. That's how much food blogger, Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim, raised for UNICEF in 2005. This year she is hoping to raise $25,000 for the UN World Food Programme.

For the past three years, Pim has held a Menu for Hope campaign on her blog. In 2004, right after the Tsunami hit, she asked a few food blogging friends to help her raise funds to support the Tsunami survivors in Southeast Asia, the region where Pim is from. They raised $2,000 for the Red Cross.

In 2005, 80 food bloggers were involved in the campaign, and together they raised $17,000 for UNICEF. Food bloggers were asked to contribute prizes to the campaign, and readers were asked to buy virtual raffle tickets. This year, over 150 food bloggers are contributing to the campaign, which starts today, and runs until December 22nd.

Here's how it works: "The more you give, the better your chance to win."

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from the Menu for Hope

Have a meal of your life..
Delicious experiences..

Feasts for the eyes: books and more..

Tasty treats..

Cooks' tools..

Drink yourself silly..

2. Go to the donation site and make a donation. Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice.

3. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 for the results of the raffle.

For more details go to Menu for Hope. It's a great chance to have fun and do good this holiday season.

*Bay Area readers: You can hear Pim and the co-founder of Kiva, Matt Flannery, talk about Fundraising for Nonprofits with the Social Web tomorrow, December 12th, at NetSquared's Net Tuesday. The event will be at Citizen Agency's Citizen Space (425 Second St. #300 in San Francisco). RSVP here.

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