UPDATE: Check here for a list of donated goodies and participating bloggers and professionals!
It’s time again! Bloggers across the U.S. are gearing up for this year’s Food Blogger Bake Sale, which will be held on Saturday, May 4. This annual event raises money for the No Kid Hungry program of Share Our Strength, an organization near and dear to my heart that fights childhood hunger in a bunch of cool ways. Again, our Arkansas event will be held at 7th and Main in North Little Rock, adjacent to the Argenta Certified Arkansas Farmers’ Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
One of the ways No Kid Hungry fights hunger is through the Cooking Matters classes that I currently have the privilege to teach. Grants pay for books, the food and equipment we use, etc. And guess where that grant money comes from? Fundraisers like this one. And I can tell you, just from this one program, it changes lives. (For the record, I am not paid from any of these funds for teaching the classes.)
This year, we’ve officially partnered up with Arkansas Women Bloggers and the Arkansas Food Blogger Network. Keep an eye on these two sites in coming weeks; we’re working on some pre-sale auctions and contests to raise the bar even higher. Overall, we’re looking to raise at least $2,000 this year, doubling what we raised last year.
We need help in three ways, so let me know what you can do:
1. Write about the sale. Bloggers, media, community newsletters, office emails. Get the word out! I can email you the “official flack” in the form of a news advisory, and later on, a full release as more donors are identified.
2. Bake something for the sale. Email me and let me know you’d like to participate, and I’ll send you the details. Basically, we’re looking for three dozen of something, which is negotiable. Clear packaging. Cute tags if you’re willing/able. We will price on site, so just list what it is, your name and your URL/business.
3. Buy stuff at the sale, or donate cash. Get thee to the event on May 4 and buy lots of stuff! But if you can’t make it, or can’t eat treats, or whatever, you can donate money directly here. Soon you can buy a “virtual cupcake” to post on your blog or Facebook.
I hope you’ll hear more about No Kid Hungry and the Arkansas Food Blogger Bake Sale from many of my blogger friends in the coming weeks.