The Lake Almanor Cooking Club hosts a fundraising event, “Supper on the Meadow” on July 21, in a private home on Lassen Street that backs up to Chester Meadow to raise money in support of the FEED Foundation. Photo submitted 

The Lake Almanor Cooking Club is making a difference

The Lake Almanor Cooking Club, made up of Vicki Francis, Suzanne Gilmour, Judy Hardig, Debbie Lepage, Ginger Stratford and Lori Rice hosted a fundraising event, “Supper on the Meadow” on July 21, in a private home on Lassen Street that backs up to Chester Meadow to raise money in support of the FEED Foundation.

Guests were invited to attend “Supper on the Meadow” with the goal of “truly sharing a meal,” stated Lori Rice, whose home hosted the event.

The Cooking Club treated its guests to a selection of summer salads, grilled entrees and a dessert bar complete with iced coffees.

Guests were also encouraged to contribute to the meal by bringing a dish to share.

The dinner was born in response to a grassroots fundraising effort initiated by FEED Project.

Lauren Bush founded FEED Projects as a result of her travels around the world as the honorary spokesperson for the World Food Program, where she witnessed the effects of hunger firsthand.

Bush founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way.

Each of the products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with the purchase.

Eleven years later, the FEED Supper project has built a movement that is connecting community members to the cause.

The latest inspiration is in organizing a simple toolkit that enables anyone to host a FEED Supper where each guest makes a donation to provide meals for families in need before attending a dinner.

The concept is simple, said Rice. “You invite your guests, follow the easy instructions to set-up your donations page, order your Supper Kit, plan your dinner and start fundraising.”

One hundred percent of the FEED Supper donations provide meals to American families through their local giving partner, Feeding America, which both rescues food that would otherwise be discarded and helps to feed the 42 million Americans who are food insecure.

For the Cooking Club, what started as just a fun way to host a “pop-up” dinner brought home the reality that hunger exists in every county in America.

According to WFP, hunger is the greatest risk to health worldwide. It kills more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

You can find out how to host your own FEED Supper or donate to a Supper at: feedprojects.com/feedsupper.

More information on the FEED Foundation and FEED Projects is available on their website at feedprojects.com.