Saturday, September 12, 2009

Drive Out Hunger Tour



Let them eat cake. That's what Marie Antoinette supposedly advised for feeding hungry masses but in this case, gobbling down cake (specifically red velvet cheese) will actually help supply food for the hungry. The Cheesecake Factory has joined Feeding America for the Drive Out Hunger Tour.
September is hunger action month and throughout the month the program will tour 30 cities in 30 days, hosting an event each day to collect cans of soup benefiting the local food bank. If you can't make it on the tour day, head to your local Cheesecake Factory and donate 2 cans of soup on September 30. If you order from the ginormous menu, 10% of the check will be donated to the local food bank. For each slice of Stefanie's ultimate red velvet cake cheesecake sold, the Cheesecake Factory will donate a quarter to Feeding America. 1 out of 8 Americans is hungry or forced to skip meals regularly. Hunger is a reality everywhere, from cities, to rural areas, to the suburbs. Any donation can make a difference. For people not living in the U.S., look in your own backyard for opportunities to help the hungry. They are everywhere.

10 comments:

A Cuban In London said...

An excellent idea, I justhope that it's not cakes they only distribute. The last thing the US needs now is an obesity epidemic. What with the healthcare bill being such a hot potato for Obama and co.?

It's unbelievable that so many people are hungry in the US. It's yet another of those figures that makes scratch my head in, I don't know, puzzlement, indignation?

Thanks for the post.

Greetings from London.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Cheesecake...a good idea.

Fly Girl said...

Cubano, they won't be distributing cakes, only food. THe cakes are how the cause is raising money. But I'm afraid the U.S. already has an obesity problem. Over half the population is seriously overweight including children. You wouldn't think there would be hunger in the U.S., we certainly have the resources to prevent it. But poverty levels have been climbing and so has the number of hungry people.

Jean-Luc, Cheescake is always a good idea!

A Cuban In London said...

By the way, I forgot to leave you this link yesterday. I saw the first programme and it was interesting.

http://www.channel4.com/food/on-tv/jamie-oliver/jamies-american-road-trip/

He is a very popular chef here in the UK and the main driver behind the idea of changing school dinners to a healthier option.

Greetings from London.

Heather Dugan("Footsteps") said...

We do love The Cheesecake Factory -but haven't done desert there in years. The soup drive is a wonderful idea. I saw where Macy's Department Store is doing a hunger-related event as well. Good to see corporate America doing "un-corporate" things...

Fly Girl said...

Heather, I totally agree. It's about time.

jessiev said...

wonderful, wonderful idea. thanks for sharing this!

Fly Girl said...

Jessie, thanks. I think it is a wonderful idea to take a place that's known for gluttony and helps provide food for people who are hungry.

Tiffany,Ebony Intuition said...

"You wouldn't think there would be hunger in the U.S., we certainly have the resources to prevent it."

Thats a very good point.

Fly Girl said...

Tiffany, it's a sad point, reflecting this country's focus on material gain over the public welfare.