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Share Our Strength

Taste of the Nation Boston 2010

Taste of the Nation begins tomorrow evening at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, a culinary benefit for ‘no kid hungry’ non-profit Share Our Strength.  With over 50 restaurants participating, one might beg the question:  aren’t we trying to feed the hungry? 

Alas, I will certainly be there, pouring champagne and tasting all the magnificent food and wine from the areas top chefs and producers (afterall, food is a great passion of mine) – but I do have a sort of conscious jolt seeing all these people consume so much when the whole point of it all is to combat hunger. 

The fact of the matter is, however, that there is not a shortage of food in this country.  There is plenty to go around, and what Share Our Strength does is help raise funds (more than $73 million!) for anti-hunger organizations that run or advocate for programs that connect at-risk families with the food they need to thrive.  Essentially, getting to food to the people who don’t have access to it.

As a volunteer Chef Instructor for Operation Frontline MA, I work to help close that food gap by teaching knowledge and skills that help surround kids facing hunger with healthy foods where they live, learn and play. We believe that the negative health and economic effects of hunger and poor diet can be avoided if families know how to shop for and prepare healthy, low-cost meals. 

‘Taste’ should be a great time, lots of like-minded folks coming together to share resources to help others.  Can’t wait!

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