With this post, I add a new category to Global From Home: International Do Gooder. My mother raised me to believe that to whom much is given much is expected. For those of us who have had the privilege to travel and see the world, we are certainly blessed and I believe we are called to give back in whatever ways we can.
The United Noshes have decided to do just that through one of the most creative fundraisers I’ve come across. Currently they have endeavored to raise funds for World Food Program USA by cooking an authentic meal from each of the 194 countries (in alphabetical order!) that are members of the United Nations. There last meal represented the dishes of Columbia and included chicharrones (fried pork belly), chorizo, arepas de queso (corn and cheese griddle cakes), baked plantains, and several other dishes. The meals are fairly elaborate and the Noshes maintain as much authenticity as possible in the ingredients and cooking methods. For each meal they invite friends and acquaintances to join them and in return, only ask that they make a donation to the World Food Program USA. As of right now, they have made 37 meals and raised over $6,000. Wow!
I am so in love with this idea: educate yourself and others on ethnic food, dine with friends, and raise money for an extremely worthy cause all within your own home. Sounds like a global from home winner to me. While 194 authentic meals is certainly over my head, I do think the Noshes set a great example. Plus, in addition to their philanthropic work, the Noshes also give back to their readers with links to all their recipes at www.UnitedNoshes.com.
Visit the World Food Program USA website to learn more about their programs or to make a donation.