Menu For Hope is an annual fund raising event organized by Pim Techamuanvivit @ Chez Pim.

Last year, this effort by the food blogging community raised $62,925.12 for the United Nations World Food Programme. Collectively with our fellow bloggers and our readers, we hope to surpass last year’s effort. Bee of Rasa Malaysia is co-ordinating the U.S. West Coast effort.

Menu For Hope began in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami in South and Southeast Asia. Now in its fourth year, it has earmarked this year’s donation for the U.N. World Food Programme’s school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa.

As Adlai Stevenson poined out, “A hungry man is not a free man.”

Providing food for the children not only keeps them alive, but helps them stay in school so that they learn the skills to feed themselves in the future.

The program in Lesotho is a model in local procurement – buying food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. Instead of shipping surplus corn across the ocean, the WFP is buying directly from local subsistent farmers who practice conservation farming methods in Lesotho to feed the children there.

Ten dollars can change a child’s life in Lesotho. It will also offer you the chance to participate in a raffle, towards which we, at Jugalbandi, are offering two prizes. Donations will be accepted between today and December 21. The raffle results will be announced on January 9. Details on how to donate below.

Let us reach out to those whose lives can change drastically with a tiny effort on our parts.

This is the latest version of the hugely popular digital photography manual by Ben Long that covers everything from the inner workings of the camera to the subtle intricacies of image editing software. More about it HERE.

Shipping for this book within the continental U.S. only.

An autographed copy of Modern Indian Cooking. This prize is offered by authors and renowned chefs Hari Nayak and Vikas Khanna .

This beautiful book strives to bring traditional Indian cuisine to simplified levels fit for modern living and entertaining.

In the authors’ words,

Modern Indian Cooking celebrates the grandeur of the food of India while preserving the character of each region’s distinctive style of cooking. While creating this book we have taken into account the different ways we cook and eat food in modern life and the new kinds of ingredients that are now readily available. This book adapts a contemporary style of cooking great tasting food for easy entertaining or a busy lifestyle. It provides a wonderful insight into the richly diverse nation of India and the many flavors it brings to our tables.

More about the book HERE.

Sample recipes HERE.

We are grateful to chefs Hari Nayak and Vikas Khanna for their generosity.

Shipping for this book within the continental U.S. only.


** Go to the Menu for Hope site and make a donation between now and December 21.

** Please specify which prize you’d like in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize codes UW01 for Complete Digital Photography and UW02 for Modern Indian Cooking.

** Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for UW01 and 3 tickets for UW02. Please write 2xUW01, 3xUW02. (Shipping for both prizes within the continental U.S. only.)

** If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

** Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

** Check back @ Chez Pim on Wednesday January 9 for the results of the raffle.

We are grateful to Bee of Rasa Malaysia for co-ordinating the U.S. West Coast effort for Menu For Hope.

Check out the complete list of prizes @ Chez Pim

- Jai and Bee

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  1. grihini says:

    Hi Folks, This is a good deed!

    And yeah, loved your new home page look. Took a second to confirm that it was indeed your site :)

  2. Nags says:

    Such a lovely cause in a unique manner.

    PS: Its nice that you changed the title to all small case. Looks much more elegant now. Thanks for giving so much respect to my suggestion :)

  3. Nags says:

    I love the new interface. Hadn’t seen that before cuz I always come in from food blog desam. Really really nice to see a couple sharing so much passion in the same intensity. I am so J ;)

  4. natasha says:

    Hot chefs!

    i like the cover of the cook book!


  5. sandeepa says:

    So there are more bees in the bonnet !!! I was confused and I thought that was your other blog :)
    Lovely gifts and need I say anything more about H & V

  6. mandira says:

    great new look Jai and Bee :) and great prizes for a worthy cause.

  7. vineela says:

    Hi Bee,
    Website is perfectly organized .Thanks for the links.

  8. Happy Cook says:

    Great idea do we get the chefs too as a prize ;;)
    Love the new look of the front page

  9. Siri says:

    Great contributions to a noble cause Bee & Jai.. :)

    ~ Siri

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