Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Blogger Aid Week: The Cookbook "Children Are The Future"

Isn't this a lovely cover?

This is the current major initiative of Blogger Aid. I think it will be no surprise to my readers that anything that promotes children and education is something that I love to support.

And what a lovely challenge to support this through creativity.

This cookbook will include recipes from many of your favorite food bloggers. Over 100 people have pledged to participate so far, and the numbers are rising.

You have until March 31st to submit your recipe, and all the details are here. 100% of the profits will go to School Meals, a program of the World Food Programme. You can learn more about it here, but if you don't want to click over to the site, here are some facts:

• 75 million primary school-aged children do not go to school
• 97 percent of them are in developing countries
• 57 percent of them are girls
• 150 million children drop out of school before attaining basic primary education

The School Meals program is designed to keep students in school, to provide a nutritional safety net for the poorest families, and to keep girls in school (as they will receive food to bring home when they attend school).

To participate, you do NOT need to be a member of Blogger Aid. You do NOT need to be a food blogger. You just need to have a recipe and a blog that's yours and to follow the guidelines posted here.

So, now... a little giveaway. For everyone who joins blogger aid between now and Friday with the intention of helping this project, just leave a comment on this blog, (AFTER you've joined Blogger Aid), and I will enter you to win one of these two incredibly important books about food, culture and the future of our planet:

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Paperback) by Michael Pollan


The Earth Knows My Name : Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans by Patricia Klindienst

To join Blogger Aid, go here.

Tomorrow? A poll. You get to choose my recipe for Children are the Future.


thailandchani said...

I really like this.. and I like the idea of using these blogs for something good. I'll definitely sign up. :)

As for recipes, I'll have to think about that. Most all of mine are from Rachel Ray.. and I doubt stealing hers would be acceptable! LOL


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

WOW Jen!! Thank you once again for the amazing tribute to all the bloggers out there who are joining BloggerAid and the cookbook project. It wouldn't be the same without their support and yours.

Jen said...

Chani, I'm delighted you'll be joining - it's such a good cause!

Val, I was just so glad the deadline was extended and I could really help - January and Feb were very challenging for me, sadly. And again, my thanks to the three of you for doing all this!

Luisa Perkins said...

Thanks for the heads-up on this!

Brittany | the Home Ground said...

This looks like a wonderful initiative! Thanks for posting about this. I'm afraid I haven't developed any personal recipes :( I can't wait to vote for your recipe, though!

Anonymous said...

Will sign on but don't need an incentive...save a tree :P

Ben said...

I love being part of this event. Anything that will help education is a great cause, that is the single most important issue for a better world and a better future :) I'll make sure to vote to help you choose a recipe :)

Jen said...

Luisa, it would be wonderful to have you be a part of this!!!

Brittany - your vote will be appreciated. They also need artists for the cookbook - try the site and see if there's something that you could participate in, if you're interested.

Hotmama - thanks so much! The more the merrier.

Ben - this truly is a wonderful event, isn't it? I'm so grateful to Val, Giz and Ivy for their huge hearts and great energy.

V.Streit said...

This is great.Lately, i've been wanting to be more involved with the world and helping people, but I don't have mass amounts of money to donate and I don't agree that only a small percentage of money donated actually goes to the cause. I like that 100% of the profit goes to the cause.

10 minutes later...I just joined.Thank you for posting this. :)

Jen said...

Yay, Nila! I'm delighted you joined!

PG said...

Thank you for all of the work you're doing to help get the word out about BloggerAid.

Jen said...

You're very welcome, Psychgrad - nice to "meet" you! Thanks ever so much to your mom, to your support and to Ivy and Val - this is such a wonderful project!

Goofball said...

oh great initiative, I've only found now the time to read your posts and the links. You had invited me to this cause on FB but had not truly understood there what it was about.

hmm I wonder how they do with measurments: cups and spoons or mls and kilo's? Do you know?