If you’re a foodie, whether you love to eat or love to cook (or both!), I have a great event that you don’t want to miss.
A month ago, I had the chance to take a tour of The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Jersey Bites, one of the blogs I regularly write for, is a huge supporter of The FoodBank and they were looking for help in promoting their largest fundraiser event all year. It didn’t take me long to know I would help out in whatever way I could to spread that word. So, for the next two months leading up to the event, I will be posting details about the restaurants participating and the programs that they will be benefiting at The FoodBank. I hope you’ll join me.
The FoodBank’s 22nd Annual Culinary Classic
On Monday, September 23, 2013 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will be hosting their 22nd Annual Culinary Classic at The Mill at Spring Lake Heights. The event is sure to wow you and your taste buds. Celebrity Chef David Burke will be there to showcase his culinary skills while you rock out to Brian Kirk & The Jirks. Some of my favorite restaurants on the Jersey shore are participating including Good Karma Cafe, Yvonne’s Cafe, and Chef Mike’s ABG. Guests will have an array of food to taste from over 30 restaurants, many accompanied by wine and beer pairings.
But, before we speak about the food, I want to share with you some of the amazing things that The FoodBank is doing in the area.
About 1.2 million people live in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, with about 1 in 10 needing emergency food. If all the people The FoodBank fed last year joined hands, they would reach from Belmar to Trenton – three times.
This past year has seen an 84% increase in individuals receiving emergency food compared to 5 years ago and don’t think that children are immune. The number of children has increased by 150% with 14,000 of those children being under the age of 5. The FoodBank has distributed over 7.1 million pounds of food through a network of over 260 programs feeding programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior housing, and day care centers.
We all know that Superstorm Sandy was devastating, but did you know that in the first 4 weeks after the storm, The FoodBank distributed over 1 million meals for emergency feeding programs across both Monmouth and Ocean Counties? Luckily, they had just installed a generator that saved all of the turkeys that were donated for Thanksgiving.
Oh and did I mention, for every $1 that’s donated to The FoodBank, 94 cents goes to buying food for the people in your community. And for every $1 donation, The FoodBank is able to provide 3 meals. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!
So be sure to join me on September 23rd to support The FoodBank’s Culinary Classic. Bring your family, friends, and colleagues so we can all help support our neighbors (oh and taste amazing food and wine all while you’re giving back!)
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