Chefs As Humanitarians
As chefs achieve levels of celebrity, they very often feel the need to give back to the community that supports them. This is a natural impulse for men and women who work in a field that, by definition, offers sustenance so it’s no surprise that chefs are very generous people.
It’s in the Stars
Cosmologists know that when a bright star explodes, it scatters seeds that give birth to new universes. That is the vision behind Share Our Strength, the hunger relief and anti-poverty organization founded by Bill Shore in 1987. This humanitarian organization has become one of the largest in the United States but, says Shore, “Size and rate of growth are not the point. Impact is. And the reason for that impact is the new way we’ve engaged people; not by asking them for money, but by asking them to contribute of themselves, through their skills, talents and passionate interests, thereby connecting them to their communities in ways money never could.”
Share Our Strength (SOS) is about sharing strength. It helps culinary communities organize fundraisers in their city or region. So far more than more than $65 million has been raised and distributed to 450 groups that work to end hunger and poverty by helping people in need. SOS has inspired hundreds of humanitarians who have become leaders in their own communities in the fight against hunger and poverty. Chefs continue to be deeply committed to sharing their personal skills by participating in a series of food and wine tastings, and seated dinners and brunches that take place annually across North America.
Share Our Strength is hiring now. Check the web site: www.strength.org.
Tufts University Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy, provides evidence from recent research about child nutrition. It reports: “In addition to having a detrimental effect on the cognitive development of children, under nutrition results in lost knowledge, brainpower, and productivity for the nation.” There are opportunities to provide healthy food for children at all levels of their education.
Chefs (many with famous names,) join together to raise funds for humanitarian purposes. You can also consider UNICEF, The World Bank, International Red Cross and of course food banks everywhere.
Iron Chef Cat Cora and Bobby Flay co-founded Chefs For Humanity: “a grassroots coalition of chefs and culinary professionals whose objective is to raise money for hunger relief.
Children’s Defense Fund – www.childrensdefensefund.org
Bread for the World www.bread.org
Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition, Tufts University
God’s Love We Deliver – www.godsloverwedeliver.org
Meals on Wheels – www.mealsonwheels.com
Second Harvest National Food Bank Network – www.secondharvest.org
UNICEF, Oxfam, The Peace Corp and The World Bank are among the many international relief agencies that welcome job applications from food people.