Fight Hunger with Beyoncé

9 07 2009

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Queen Bey has partnered with Hamburger Helper and Feeding America to help fight childhood hunger in America. The goal of the “Show Your Helping Hand” campaign is to help Feeding America deliver 3.5 million meals to food banks across the country.

According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans struggles with hunger. And, here are some additional statistics:

  • Households with children have nearly double the hunger rates of families without children.
  • More than 40 percent of families who visit food pantries served by Feeding America live in the suburbs.
  • Nearly 40 percent of those who visit food pantries are the working poor: those who work, but whose paychecks do not cover the basic necessities of life.
  • Nearly 3 million elderly people are served by Feeding America each year.

You can help in three ways:

1. Enter codes found on specially marked boxes of Hamburger Helper. For every code entered, Hamburger Helper will make a donation to a local food bank…enough to provide one meal.

2. Bring non-perishable food items to Beyoncé’s “I Am Sasha Fierce” tour dates. (Chicago – July 17th)

3. Donate funds directly to Feeding America.

In addition to the concert dates, Show Your Helping Hand has hosted several retail events at grocers in select tour stops. The events allow people to donate canned goods, learn more about hunger, watch a multi-media tribute to Beyoncé’s philanthropic/career achievements, and record a testimonial about what you are personally doing to fight hunger. The remaining retail events are:

July 10 – Safeway
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
5130 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

July 12 – Vons
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
500 E. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

July 15 – Cub Foods
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
7555 West Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

July 15 – Dominick’s
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
2550 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

July 17 – Jewel-Osco
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
103 South Randall Road, Algonquin, IL, 60102

To learn more about the campaign and related news, please visit www.showyourhelpinghand.com. Here is the beautifully shot commercial. Bey looks gorgeous by the way…

-kb





KB’s Journey: Taking A Stand Against Hunger

27 03 2009

I’m trying to get better about doing recaps for the events that I attend…Here goes!

In the past 24 hours, I’ve had the chance to take part in two GREAT events benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository!

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Wednesday night, I attended Heineken with a Heart, a bar event held at the always swanky Crimson Lounge.  I got there towards the end of the event so I only heard the last two minutes of the amazing live violinist who was accompanying tracks such as “Blame It” and “On The Ocean.” I wanted to get his information but by the time that I got to the DJ area, he’d already packed up his little musician case :-(

Heineken w/a Heart

I had a great time talking to old friends and making new ones in the name of charity. As guests, we enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres (verdict: delish), free green bottles, and even had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets. Heineken is committed to many causes, and the Heineken with a Heart program is one of the many outlets for their generosity. 

 

 

Moving onto Thursday, a group of Chicago bloggers participated in the “Quaker Go Project” at the Greater Chicago Food Depository headquarters. The Go Project is a partnership between Quaker and Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, to help feed hungry families across the country. 

First of all, the Food Depository warehouse is MASSIVE! I assumed that the place would be big, but holy smokes! It is breathtaking. Seriously. Okay, now that I’ve knocked the stars out of my eyes, I’ll tell you about our project. We put together boxes of food for distribution to seniors across Chicago. Our production line was organized and a smooth operation. I was in charge the unpacking the Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo with Olive Oil and getting it to the assembly line! By the way, have any of you ever tried that mayo? We were all fawning over it, so I’ve decided to buy the next time I buy groceries!

Anywho, in the end, the group packed 800 boxes of food!!! According to our Crane Director, Milton, each box of food will feed a senior for 3 days. How great is that?

 
KB and MJHere’s a picture of me with MJ, the editor of MomViews.net and a founder of Chicagonista.com…She is a super-blogger on numerous sites and a super-mom. Through Chicagonista, she helped recruit bloggers to the mission. I’m glad that we met and I can’t wait to work on something…anything with her in the future! 

 

 

 

She wasn’t the only great blogger that I met…Here are some others:

Hormone-Colored Days

Food Momiac

Everyday Adventures of Me in the City

All in all, I had a great two days helping out, and hope to keep the good times rolling. Until Saturday…At that point, I plan to take a longggg nap!

-kb





Heineken with a Heart – TONIGHT!

25 03 2009

Come out tonight and support this great event!

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Save 30% at Gap, Inc stores and they’ll donate 5% of your purchase!

13 03 2009

If you’re going shopping this weekend, you should check out the stores of Gap, Inc. This weekend is Family and Friends weekend at the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. Not only are they giving you 30% off your purchases, they will be donating 5% of sales to one of six charities.

That’s right! You can contribute to the following organizations:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Teach for America

Feeding America

Boys and Girls Club of America

World Wildlife Fund

The Global Fund

If you don’t already have a coupon, you can click the following links to receive coupons and contribute to The LLS, Feeding America, and the Global Fund…I don’t have the other three!

http://www.gapgiveandget.com/np/lls.html

http://www.gapgiveandget.com/np/fa.html

http://www.gapgiveandget.com/np/gf.html

Enjoy…Have a great weekend!!!

-kb





32 Bowls of Food for $1

13 01 2009

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I know that title seems impossible, but let me explain. When you donate $1 to Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest), that dollar can help provide 16 bowls of food to hungry American families. Now, Kraft Foods is matching all donations, up to $250,000! So, does my title make sense now?

Before: $1 = 16 Bowls

Now: $1 = 32 Bowls!!!

I donated $5 this morning…Feels good knowing that my Starbucks money helped give a family 150 bowls of food :-)

-kb





Hold The Phone!!! Free Soup?!?

8 01 2009

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Everyone knows that Chicago winters are NO joke. Said winters tend to inspire tons of eating and tea-sipping! One of my personal favs is obviously soup! When I was working, I used to always stop by Soupbox on Chicago Ave or the soup stand in Foodlife. Yum…

Okay, now for the free soup part! The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) will be serving free soup EVERY Wednesday from 5-8p. They aren’t charging a cover, and you don’t have to have a minimum tab. There’s just one small thing…They’re asking patrons to help them raise funds for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (whatever you can give). The soups will be prepared by Hideout staff members, as well as guest chefs, bar regulars and even the occasional celebrity. The selections will very from week to week so expect the unexpected!

This sounds absolutely fantastic and I look forward to stopping by once I return from DC!!! Stay warm out there, folks!

-kb





Help Hungry Chicago Families

22 12 2008

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is still accepting donations for its holiday food drive. You have until January 3rd to drop off non-perishable items at your local Dominick’s store. The economy has placed a greater strain on family resources and agencies like the GCFD are reporting an increase in need citywide. So, please do your part and pick up some extra food (if you can) and drop it in the bins at Dominick’s!

-kb





Eating Out and Helping to End Hunger

27 09 2008

I’ve been doing a LOT of things while out here in DC. I’m talking shopping, sightseeing, volunteering, sleeping, etc. And, I’ve also been eating out every day. So, imagine my delight when I learned that a lot of the restaurants that I’ve been visiting are participating in this week’s Great American Dineout. The weeklong nationwide program kicked off on Sunday the 21st and goes until the 28th!

During the Great American Dineout, participating restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to help end childhood hunger. My favorite part about events like this is that they don’t require you to do anything out of the ordinary. You just go to one of your favorite spots (if they’re participating), order your food, and that’s it. It’s so simple!

To find restaurants near you, or for more information, please visit greatamericandineout.org!

Here are some participating DC restaurants that my family or I have eaten in this week…

Corner Bakery – Union Station (From where I’m currently blogging…Lol)

Legal Sea Foods on 7th

Charlie Palmer Steak

Daily Grill

I’m sure that when I get back to Chicago, my scale will definitely reflect the amount of eating that’s happened this week. But, if most of it was for a good cause, then I should get some kind of “weight gain” pardon. Right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. If there was some type of philanthropy associated with my local gym, then maybe I would find myself there more often. :-)

 

-kb

P.S. Did anyone know that Corner Bakery had wi-fi? I didn’t! I guess wireless is almost everywhere now!





Good Food + Great Causes

9 07 2008

Chicagoans are unabashedly affectionate about many things: our sports teams, the lakefront, the skyline, and so on! But, we especially love our food! So, I thought I would use this post to talk about some ways you can indulge your tastebuds while giving back!

 

  • Green City Market Chefs’ BBQ Festival on Thursday, July 17th will feature over 50 of Chicago’s top chefs preparing tastings for hungry festival goers. Attendees will also be able to sample different beers and wines. The event is from 6-8p, and will be held at the south end of Lincoln Park (between 1750 N. Clark and Stoughton Drive). All proceeds will benefit Green City Market. Tickets, which are $50 for adults and $10 for children, can be purchased by clicking here!

  • On July 24th, Epicurious.com, the foodie’s mothership, will make a stop in Chicago as part of its third annual “Wine. Dine. Donate.” event. Editor-In-Chief Tanya Steel will join MK Restaurant chef, Michael Kornick, and local pastry chef, Amy Sampson, as they prepare a farm-fresh meal (complete with wine). The event will be held at MK Restaurant (865 N. Franklin) and tickets are $125. Proceeds from the night will benefit America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest network of food banks. Visit epicurious.com for more information!

  • If you can’t make either of the two events listed above, you can always stop by The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the Hancock Building (875 N. Michigan Avenue). The Signature Room offers a monthly four-course dinner menu, the “Signature Selection”, and donates 10% of sales of the meal to various charities, such as The Pajama Program (Illinois Chapter) and Best Buddies of Illinois. The Signature Room can be pretty pricey so maybe save this one for a date or special occasion!

As more events come to my attention, I will be sure to list them! In the meantime, I hope this list helps point you in the right direction of some delicious eats!

 

 

-kb







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