This past Saturday, outside of Vega Metals in Durham, a collection of the Triangle’s Food Bloggers gathered with their baked goods for sale. Within 2 hours, Triangle residents had raised $650 for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, a national sponsor of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Cooking Matters program. With nearly 1-4 kids in America facing hunger, these funds help Share Our Strength build partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community and faith-based groups, private funders and businesses to develop a measurable plan that will end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle staff and volunteers were also present at the bake sale to share information with, and recruit volunteers for Share Our Strength’s culinary-based nutrition course, Cooking Matters. This 6-week program seeks to change behaviors related to eating and cooking meals with children, teens, adults, and families. In 2010, Cooking Matters hosted 39 courses that prepared over 450 healthy recipes with participants. Cooking Matters has set a goal to run at least 50 courses in and around the Triangle by the end of 2011 and we need your help to do that! Thanks to all the volunteers, foodbloggers, and bake sale consumers for making this Great American Bake Sale a HUGE success. We ended the day having raised money, awareness and volunteer commitment, moving us just a little closer to ending hunger in our communities.
Special thanks to a few of the foodbloggers who attended: