In the wake of the Asian tsunami two years ago, Pim, the globetrotting gourmand behind Chez Pim, organized Menu for Hope, a charity event to raise money for the victims of that disaster. Pim's idea was simple and elegant: food bloggers from around the world donate prizes, and their readers donate money by buying raffle tickets for those items. The event was such a success that it has now become a fixture of the food blogging calendar. This year, in its third iteration, Menu for Hope III is raising money for the United Nations World Food Programme from December 11-22.
The simple fact is that while people like me spend hours singing the praises of Nutella, dinner at Alinea, and liquid pea ravioli, many millions of people lack access to basic sustenance. The World Food Programme's mission is to right this horrible wrong. In 2005 alone, WFP food aid reached 96.7 million people in 82 countries. Menu for Hope II raised USD$17,000 for this cause, and those of us participating in this year's event hope to shatter that record.