menu for hope

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The last time I gave away sets of my favorite reusable grocery bags, you — and your two thousand, five hundred and thirty-six comments — broke my server. Once my hosting company fixed the server, they evicted me and insisted that I move to a shinier, better server and began charging me eight times as much. Not that I am bitter or complaining or anything! You are worth every penny.

But, I decided that if I ever did a giveaway again, it would have to be for a very good cause, and that, my friends, brings us up to today.

The Menu for Hope campaign is organized annually by food bloggers all over the world who donate raffle prizes that contributors are eligible to enter for with each $10 donation. Last year — a year I gave out cookie care packages, which are great and all but certainly not nearly as cool as earth-saving, plastic-bag-banishing reusable bags — we raised $92,000 for the UN World Food Program, enabling the program to reach out to 86.1 million people in 80 countries in 2007 to fight hunger. This year, I’ve teamed up with to offer two sets of RuMe reusable bags. Each set contains three full-size bags and the winners of these two prizes can choose the color and/or pattern set they like best.

I own two sets of these bags and not only use them daily, I’ve given them to almost everyone I know. Because they fold down into the tiniest of self-snapping pouches, you never have an excuse to not have one in your bag. Plus, for people (ahem) who hate lugging groceries more than anything else in the whole world, these bags hold more than twice what plastic bags do but distribute the weight more comfortably (and can be slung on your shoulder) it makes a world of difference when heaving ingredients up those stairs, not to mention some difference in the world by adding one less plastic bag to our trash heaps.

How to donate/enter to win:

  • Go to First Giving, the site that manages this campaign, and make your donation. For every $10 donation, you are eligible to win one raffle prize.
  • If you’re interested in winning one of the two sets of reusable grocery bags we’re giving away, when you are prompted to enter a “personal message” enter code UE25 or UE26 — the codes associated with this prize. If you are eligible for more than one prize — for example, if you gave $50 — you could apply two tickets to one prize and three to another. Simply write 2xUE25 + 3xUE26, or whichever combination of prizes you’re hoping for.
  • Not the prize you wanted? Check out the master list of prizes to see what else is being offered.
  • Finally, check the box that follows which says that you are “happy for the page owner to see my email address” — very necessary so we can contact you if you won!

But wait! There’s more! For the duration of the Menu for Hope campaign (until Dec. 24), is also offering a 15 percent discount on all purchases. Enter MenuForHope at checkout, and you’ll receive 15 percent off your entire order. What does this have to do with feeding the hungry, you ask? Each time someone uses that discount code, will donate a dollar to the Menu for Hope campaign.

The winners of each raffle prize will be announced in early January. The last day to give is December 24.

That’s great, lady, but where are my cookies? Ludicrously over-the-top cookies, coming up next.

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