Is anyone up for a game of “Connect the Facts”?
- Fact One: For reasons that are not altogether clear to me, I seem to have acquired an extra copy of Peter Reinhart’s latest book, Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor.
- Fact Two: Next week, most of us in the U.S. will be sitting down to our most important and most lavish feast of the year, but many people here and around the world will not have enough to eat.
In this game, everyone wins, even if you don’t win.
The rules are simple. All you have to do is make a donation, in any amount, to the hunger-fighting organization of your choice between now and November 30. Leave a comment here indicating what your organization is (you don’t have to say how much you donated), and you will be entered into a random drawing to win the book.
That’s all there is to it. Of course, I have no way of knowing whether you actually made a donation, so we’re on the honor/karma system here.
Here are some organizations you might consider to receive your donation (but feel free to choose a different one):
- The Hunger Project: About | Donate
- The Heifer Project: About | Donate
- America’s Second Harvest: About | Donate
- Action Against Hunger USA: About | Donate
How about making an online donation right now, so you don’t forget? Please be as generous as you can!
That’s really excellent. I’ve made a donation but I already have the book. You are right it’s everybody wins!
What a wonderful thing to do! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness. This is just what the holidays were meant to be about.
I just made a donation to Action Against Hunger USA.
Just discovered your blog. Wow! What a great idea for Thanksgiving! I’ve got a Heifer Project catalogue, and you’ve just inspired me to do something with it. Thanks!
And on another note, the only thing I really bake at all is bread, so this blog has been a spectacular find for me. Love, love, love your photos and recipes! I’ll be back often. In fact, I’ve added a link to this blog so that I can visit regularly.
Thanks for this neat idea. My church has a clothing and food center called the Samaritan House. I will make a check out for them. Thanks again. We should always think of others when we have been so blessed!
Rachel Gulen says
Great reminder of what Thanksgiving is about!
I am off to donate goat… or one of the other great ideas offered.
This is a wonderful idea. I could see this becoming a lovely annual tradition. (My donating to hunger programs at Thanksgiving, I mean, not your giving away books. Though I don’t in the least object to the giving away of books.) I donated to the World Food Programme. Sadly, my donation in US dollars probably isn’t worth as much as it would have been a couple of months ago…
Pink Sky says
What a brilliant idea and great cause. I donate to the Friends of the World Food Program.
Among the many groups we donate to every year, the one that helps feed thousands every year is a local group here in Washington DC called S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat). And it’s always good to remind everyone that charitable groups like this need donations throughout the year not just at the holidays.
I’ve made a donation to Food for the Poor. I like this organization because 97% of money donated to it goes directly to the people it serves. Besides food it provides shelter, buys chickens to create economic opportunity, etc. in the Carribean region.
I also think you are great for encouraging us to remember that giving thanks is both spiriual and material.
Hi. I just discovered your blog and it’s wonderful! I’ve learned so much in the short time I’ve been scouring your site.
I regularly give to our local food bank (both food and $$) and they run a special Christmas hamper program. Your post was a great reminder to get out and buy a couple hampers. Thanks!
We gave to an organization called Out of the Cold, they allow homeless people to sleep inside churches during the colder months, and feed them a wonderful dinner and breakfast. The dinners I have seen them prepare are beautiful feasts, everything from scratch and with gourmet cooks involved, making nourishing and healthy meals. It is an atmosphere of dignity for the clients, other assistance is provided, and they get to sleep on clean bedding and are treated with love and respect.
I would love to win the book, not for me, but for a chef whose wife runs a daycare, where all the clients are single-parent working poor with children, and he noticed that their children aren’t well nourished. He chefs at a restaurant with a micro-brewery and was saying that he would like to bake breads for these kids from whole grains:
“I am looking into home milling so that I can bake low-cost, nutritious breads to give these children to take home, as well as to eat while here. My current restaurant is also a micro-brewery, so I have cheap access to whole grains and wheat berries at a fraction of the cost of commercial flour. Of course, items baked with these will have the bran, germ and germ oils included and it is my real hope that this will help boost the immune systems of these kids.
My experience is that these kids will eat absolutely anything we serve them, almost always with delight. As I am a very busy chef, only one person, and on a budget myself, I am wondering if freshly-milled bread by itself can help to favorably impact their health and if there is some additional way I can fortify these breads while keeping them desirable for children…”
Thank you so much to everyone who entered!
The winner will be announced shortly. But the real winners, of course, are the worthy organizations you have given generously to, and the people they serve.
Congratulations to Rosemary, winner of the random drawing!
And thank you ALL, again, for your participation!