Calling All Chefs: Ask Congress to Protect Federal Nutrition Programs in the Farm Bill
Millions of families across the country rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, to help pay for groceries. Drastic cuts to SNAP are on the table now as Congress debates the Farm Bill, which provides funding for SNAP.
Right now, you can help to ensure that kids and their families have access to the funding they need to prepare healthy meals. Please add your name to Share Our Strength's letter urging Congress to protect SNAP and other federal nutrition programs in the Farm Bill and encourage others to do the same. Sign by May 30 and spread the word.
Awards Season: Congrats to All No Kid Hungry Chefs
On May 7, medals and glasses clinked as the James Beard Awards honored the industry. We are fortunate to count more than a few supporters among the honorees and congratulate all the nominees and winners.
But let's be frank: we are so grateful to work with so many immensely talented and generous chefs, mixologists, and culinary professionals — you're all winners to us! View the full list of awards and recipients.
Hunger Hits Home
We requested, you tweeted. Huge thanks to all of you who helped raise awareness about Food Network’s documentary Hunger Hits Home through your social media channels.
It worked -- the documentary and Share Our Strength’s work received an incredible response from viewers. As a result of your finger tapping:
- Nearly 10,000 viewers signed the petition to support essential federal nutrition programs
- Strength.org web traffic was up 316% over the same period in 2011
- Nearly 3,500 people made a donation to support No Kid Hungry
And if you missed it, you can still watch online.
We're Looking Good!
Share Our Strength’s Culinary Events website has a new look. We've revamped the site to better showcase our many events and to make it easier for attendees and enthusiasts to get in the know on local Share Our Strength culinary happenings. And right around the corner: a page just for chefs complete with resources and actions designed specifically for chefs and the culinary community. Stay tuned.
As always, feel free to contact Emily Byram with questions and comments.
What We've Been Up To:
Chefs Michael Laiskonis, Marc Murphy, Alex Guarnaschelli and Missy Robbins joined Share Our Strength President Billy Shore and speaker Chelsea Clinton on April 4 at our No Kid Hungry NYC Dinner.
LA's Top Chefs: Haru Kishi, CJ Jacobson, Nyesha Arrington, Danielle Keene, Devon Espinosa,Chris Crary, Josh Goldman (pictured above)assembled in Santa Monica for a
Backyard Pig Roast at Wilshire restaurant, hosted by Nyesha Arrington and Chris
Also participating were Antonia LaFaso, Ilan Hall, Jamie Lauren, Sally
Camacho, Mark Peel and Suzanne Tracht.
Chef Don Yamauchi cooks up some of his favorite
Cooking Matters recipes at the
launch of No Kid Hungry Michigan
on May 7.