Friday, July 11, 2014

Cook Out for No Kid Hungry in Your Own Backyard

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 7:44 AM

It's officially summertime and grillers all over town are doing their part to contribute to global warming with cookouts in backyards and parks. Whether you use gas or charcoal (no judging here, I use both), if you have any guilt about your CO2 emissions, maybe there's a way to help mitigate your concerns.

Why not do something good for the world while you burn some meat and veggies on the barbie? No Kid Hungry is an initiative of the Share Our Strength organization, dedicated to fighting childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. Nashville has a history of hosting some excellent fundraising dinners to benefit the organization, usually spearheaded by chef Tyler Brown and the staff of the Hermitage Hotel. But you can throw your own event to help contribute to No Kid Hungry's efforts by throwing your own backyard fundraiser.

In a format that reminds me of the old MDA circus events that Jerry Lewis encouraged us to hold in our yards during the big Labor Day telethons of days of yore, Share Our Strength has set up a template to throw your own "Cook Out for No Kid Hungry" event. Since you're probably going to have a cookout some weekend soon, why not raise a little money at the same time?

All you have to do is go to the website above and:

1. Create a fundraising page using the simple tools on the page.

2. Set a date.

3. Invite your friends and ask them to donate.

4. Help end childhood hunger.

What could be simpler? Don't stress out about trying to raise a huge amount of money or anything. Any bit of help is appreciated, and maybe your friends will get especially generous after a few beers and brats.

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