Using food for good

These are tough days for a lot of people, what with the withering economy and the lay-offs. But, in some ways, these are also bright days where people step up and help.

Now, this is a food blog, so you know the help that interests me the most is food-oriented. Such as Taste of the Nation.

Taste of the Nation consists of a series of events held across the country that raises funds to feed children. At each event chef volunteers from local restaurants prepare tasting potions (think a few bites, each) which range from Chilled Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Crème Fraiche and Crispy Baby Vegetable Samosas with Mango Ginger Chutney to Grilled Asparagus Salad with Hazelnut Tangerine Vinaigrette and even Miniature devil’s food cupcakes topped with fudge frosting.

The funds raised then go toward helping childhood hunger. In fact, since 2004, Taste of the Nation grant recipients and state partners have distributed 2.5 billion pounds of food, served 35 million meals to children, served 791,000 kids through privately funded children feeding programs, provided 2.5 million hours of nutrition education, and spent 110,000 hours advocating for federal child nutrition programs.

If you are interested, there are a number of ways you can participate, from simply purchasing tickets and enjoying an evening of sampling some amazing delights to sponsoring to volunteering.