What prompts my sudden, if overdue post, is a great initiative that I am involved in with No Kid Hungry and my good friend Chef Jason Roberts, called The Chefs On Bikes Ride for No Kid Hungry. This is a two part initiative; a 300 mile pilot ride in 2014 and a 2700 mile chef's bicycle ride across America in 2015, in order to call attention to and raise money for, the fight to eradicate childhood hunger in our lifetime.
The first of this two part ride is a 3 day initial Chefs on Bikes 2014 Pilot Ride, this May (Friday 5/30, Sat. 5/31, Sun.6/1, 2014). For many of you that have read my musings over the last 8 years, you all know of my efforts and support of food related charities and organizations. More than 16 million kids in America struggle with hunger.
No Kid Hungry and Share Our Strength have been one of the organizations that I have supported since 2005 and my days at Gourmet Girl Magazine, so when the opportunity presented itself to be involved with this, I was thrilled and jumped in with both feet. The fact that I'm getting to be involved with my partner in crime, good friend and colleague, Chef Jason Roberts, is just the icing on the cake. We both feel blessed to be given the opportunity to get involved. While he is the one riding, I am fortunate to be on the No Kid Hungry Ride Team with NKH founders, Billy and Deb Shore and their wonderfully dedicated staff.
Check out Jason's Blog, "Put YOUR $$$$$ where my pedal is... for No Kid Hungry."
I'll be riding in the chase car, doing live tweets and real time status updates as the ride makes its way across the Mid Atlantic states toward DC, so if we are coming through your town, I hope to see you out and supporting the ride along the route.
For those not aware, this year over 45 million people in America will be food deficient at some point and over 16 million of those who are going hungry are children. With their Cooking Matters, School Breakfast, Dine Out, Taste of the Nation, Bake Sale,, No Kid Hungry This Summer programs and proper nutrition initiatives, No Kid Hungry is committed to making sure that our children get the food they need to grow, be healthy and lead productive lives.
Jason will be raising vital funds and awareness through the 1st Annual Chefs On Bikes ride, May 30-June 1, to make sure kids have access to food where they live, learn and play. As he plans to ride from New York City to Washington, DC, we are asking you to pledge $1 for every mile he rides – nearly 300 miles! Every $1 you donate can help connect a child with up to 10 meals! Help us make No Kid Hungry a reality. Donate here.
I am going to ask for your help, by donating, retweeting, reposting, sharing and any other way you can help us get the word out and get involved. Most of you who read me and follow on twitter are foodies, chefs, hospitality professionals, pr firms and culinary media. This is OUR event!!! I am asking you to step up and help it be a success. I am not, as many of you know, one to ask for favors or financial help, but this cause is too important and the needs of these children who go hungry or are food deficient are too great to not speak up.
To my corporate and media friends, we need you to step up and commit needed dollars to support the ride and show the way. We need help with food, lodging, media coverage, social media exposure, as well as help with the big cross country ride next year. I'm asking you to step up for the kids and get involved. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll have someone from the Ride Team get back in touch with details on how you can help.
The second part of this initiative is the 'Chef's On Bikes' ride Across America in 2015. We need corporate sponsors, chefs, restaurants, culinary and hospitality companies to commit to this wonderful cause and get involved, either sponsoring a chef, an amount of miles, or help with the logistics.
email@example.com and I''ll have someone from the RIDE TEAM get in touch with you.
I am counting on all of you to step up with me, Chef Roberts and No Kid Hungry to help us in the fight to eradicate childhood hunger in our lifetime. Together, we can make sure that we leave NO KID HUNGRY! To donate, go to the Chef's On Bikes Donation Page and pledge your support.
Thanks for your support and please share this with as many as possible!