Do Good. Dine Out. No Kid Hungry


No Kid Hungry Dine Out September 2014


September is No Kid Hungry Month and, believe it or not, you have the opportunity to help fight hunger with your fork.

The average person will eat 90 meals in the month of September… we’re talking breakfast, lunch and dinner. That means you have 90 opportunities (well, since it’s September 3, a few less now) to dine out and make a difference for the 1 in 5 kids struggling with hunger in your community and mine.

This month, thousands of restaurants around the country are donating a portion of your meal tab to help kids get breakfast before school, after school meals and food in the summer. The money will also be used to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating and cooking.  To find a restaurant near you, click here.

If there are no participating restaurants in your area, you can still make a tax-deductible donation to No Kid Hungry… just click here. Did you know that $1 can provide a child with as many as 10 meals?

I believe every child deserves three meals a day… every day. How about you?

The Kitchen Think: Cheap Meals from Expired Food


Would you eat food that has expired?

There’s a new grocery store/restaurant/teaching kitchen opening next year near Boston will offer only food that is already past its sell-by date.

Is this a bold attempt to make healthy food more affordable and reduce food waste? Or merely another way to make a buck off of those who have few options for shopping elsewhere?

Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, is behind “The Daily Table.” He wants to take good quality food that grocers have to throw away and cook and sell it as low-cost prepared food.

Rauch says Americans trash up to 40-percent of their food every year because they don’t understand expiration dates. Expiration date refers to the last date a food should be eaten or served according to the manufacturer or producer.

The hybrid store will sell prepared food, like soups and casseroles, as well as packaged chopped vegetables for prices that compete with fast food, not brand-driven food. There will also be a kitchen area where people can learn how to cook with the healthy ingredients they purchase.

So… if you knew the food was safe to eat, but past the “best-by-date,” would you buy it?

I would if it meant giving my children fruits and vegetables and other healthy food I couldn’t otherwise afford.

Hunger is a very real issue in this country. Kudos to Mr. Rauch for trying to tackle this very large social challenge.


The Kitchen Think: Dine Out to Help Out


September is “No Kid Hungry” month and here’s an easy way for you to help: feed yourself.


If you eat out at any one of more than 8,000 participating restaurants this month, you’ll be helping to end childhood hunger in this country. Did you know 1 in 5 kids live in households where there’s a struggle to put food on the table?

A portion of each restaurant’s September receipts will go to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign and its work connecting kids at risk of hunger with nutritious food and teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

The restaurants vary from city to city… from upscale restaurants like Sprout in Chicago and Horatio’s in San Francisco to Sizzler’s, Denny’s and Corner Bakery. To find a restaurant near you, click here.

Let your friends know about this campaign. Just hit this share button here to post to Facebook or Twitter… or forward this blog post to your friends.

Here’s an idea: why not take the kids to one of the restaurants on the list. Talk to them about hunger in America and let them know how THEY are helping others by eating out.

But get moving… September is already half-over!


The Kitchen Think: Would You Eat a Test-Tube Burger?


Please don’t hate on the new test tube burger.

This could be the answer to feeding billions of people around the world. But… it’s going to be a hard sell.

I’m sure you know that scientists just served up the first in-vitro burger, made from harvesting stem cells from cows.

The petri-dish burger got so-so reviews for taste, but here’s the upside that I’m not sure anyone is focused on: the burger offers real hope that laboratory-made food may help feed the hungry. It also has the potential to reduce the amount of water, land and energy used to raise real live livestock.

Now, admittedly there are few kinks they’re going to have to work out, mainly the $330,000 price tag (that’s just a tad more than the usual “dollar” menu items at McDonalds). Also, most of us are trying to get away from genetically engineered food, rather than embrace it.

What do you think? Would you eat lab-made meat?

I’m not sure I would, but I know that it’s getting harder and harder to produce food in the traditional way.

And there are a lot of hungry people around the world…

Here’s a creepy video that shows you how it is done:

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: