One of my goals with Les Petits Chefs this holiday season was to use our talent in the kitchen to give back to those less fortunate than us. We really are so lucky – we all have a roof over our heads, a warm bed to sleep in and enough food to eat – unfortunately this is not a reality for many people, and I think promoting awareness of this is so important. Our school is actively involved in working with the Out of the Cold program at St Thomas’ Church and we were invited to be a part of the December meal by contributing a dish.
The Out of the Cold program is a volunteer initiative that consists of congregations from faith groups, community members and advocates who provide safe refuge, hospitality and emergency shelter to the homeless community throughout the City of Toronto.
As I was pondering what our contribution could be, I was made aware of a Kraft Canada initiative along the same lines. To help make the holidays delicious and allow us all to give back during the festive season, Kraft Canada created the Kraft Recipe for Joy program. For each Recipe for Joy e-card sent, Kraft will donate $2 to Food Banks Canada. Kraft have set their goal at $50,000 to help alleviate hunger during the holidays.
As part of Recipe for Joy, Kraft provided me with a gift basket and a $200 gift card to purchase ingredients to host a party to raise awareness about hunger over the holidays. As soon as I saw this offer, I knew that I wanted to use the gift card to buy ingredients for the dishes we would contribute for the Out of the Cold dinner. I chose three recipes from the Recipe for Joy “recipe box”: Crowd pleasing scalloped potatoes, Weeknight ravioli bake and Mom’s best bite sized meatballs (click on the recipe names to download a PDF of the recipe) and the boys generously gave up their hour of cooking club time (and the fruits of their labour) to cook for those less fortunate.
If you would like to help those less fortunate, consider donating to Food Banks Canada. Click on the logo to donate:
If you would prefer to send an e-card through the Kraft Recipe for Joy program, click on the image below. Kraft Canada will donate $2 for each e-card sent.
(the empty plate photo at the beginning of the post was supplied by Jennifer Perillo who encouraged American bloggers to spread awareness about hunger last month at US Thanksgiving)