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Hunger Action & Awareness Months October 5, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Sustainable Living.

WARNING:  This pictures in this post may increase your Hunger Awareness.

In connection with Hunger Action Month (September), Ron Shaich, the CEO of Panera fed himself on $4.50 a day ~ the equivalent of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits for a single person.


To read about Shaich’s reflections on the SNAP challenge, click HERE.

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On September 11th, we attended a Lecture and Lunch on Charitable Giving at Renaissance on 9th ~ an arm of Meals on Wheels PLUS Manatee.  Haskell Gates, the CFO of Meals on Wheels PLUS, joined us at our table where we chatted over a (slightly blurry) simple salad of mixed greens.


Like me, Haskell abandoned a lucrative job (after 17 years as a C.P.A.) to switch to non-profit work.  He is far happier in his new role, promoting events like Empty Bowls (more below).

After the salad, we enjoyed a delicious plate of Pumpkin Ravioli, roasted peppers, and fresh asparagus.


And for dessert, we inhaled fragrant Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream so fast that I forgot to SNAP a photo.

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Empty Bowls, held in October, is part of Hunger Awareness Month . . . for a $25 you buy a bowl you can keep, get it filled with soup, and enjoy a cookie:

The symbolic meal of soup and bread demonstrates that together, we can fill the empty bowls of our neighbors in need. 

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts: Bulking Up (AgriGirl) * Taking the SNAP Challenge * Panera Bread Isn’t Just Hungry For Attention (Washington Post)