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American families, celebrity chefs fight hunger on World Food Day

By Ben Grossman-Cohen

Celebrity chefs, religious leaders and families across the United States will team up with international relief and development organization Oxfam America to fight global hunger in honor of World Food Day this October 16th.  Renowned chefs including Jose Andres, Jamie Oliver and Lidia Bastianich are supporting a week of action organized by Oxfam America’s GROW campaign that will include events across the country.

“There is nothing more important to me than fighting for a world where everyone has enough to eat,” said Chef Jose Andres, Director and Chair of the World Central Kitchen. “I’m proud to work with Oxfam America’s GROW campaign to help make it easy for everyone to get involved and take action in their own homes and communities.”

Oxfam’s week of action will not only raise awareness, but will also bring about hundreds of solutions-oriented events large and small in cities and towns around the country:

  • Using recipes specially designed by prominent chefs like Mario Batali and Aarti Sequeira, hundreds of families will host meals that follow Oxfam's Grow Method, 5 simple changes to how we buy, prepare and store food to help fight hunger in our daily lives.
  • Restaurants in 15 cities will host meals that follow the GROW Method organized by Grubwithus, the social network for connecting real people in the real world over really good food. Visit: http://www.grubwithus.com/oxfam to find a restaurant in your town.
  • Chef Jose Andres will join Oxfam to host a special GROW Method lunch at the World Food Prize in Des Moines Iowa featuring women farmers from Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
  • Sex in the City’s Kristin Davis joins Oxfam America’s president Raymond C. Offenheiser at Google’s Los Angeles offices for a World Food Day themed Google Talk at Google headquarters.

Oxfam is providing World Food Day materials, including placemats, celebrity chef recipe cards, banners and stickers at no cost for those who would like to host their own event at http://www.oxfamamerica.org/worldfoodday.

The GROW campaign aims to help American families connect to small scale farmers around the world to build a more fair and equitable global food system. World Food Day helps engage individuals, companies and governments in actions that will help achieve this vision.

“Nearly one in seven people around the world go to bed hungry every night, not because we don’t have enough food for everyone, but because of inequality in access to resources and opportunity,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “We have more power as individuals than we realize to change things.  World Food Day is the moment to seize this power and demand changes that will reduce inequality, fight hunger and help build a world where everyone has enough to eat now and in the future.”


Notes to Editors:

Find out more about World Food Day at: www.oxfamamerica.org/worldfoodday

Check out Oxfam’s Grow Method at: www.oxfamamerica.org/growmethod

Restaurants hosting meals for World Food Day include:
Columbus, OH - Black Street Bistro
Minneapolis, MN - Red Stag SupperClub
Los Angeles, CA - Stella Rossa
San Francisco, CA - Source
Seattle, WA - Plum Vegan Bistro
Albuquerque, NM - Slate Street Cafe
Chicago, IL - Karyn's on Green
Austin, TX - Salty Sow
Madison, WI - Graze
Kansas City, MO - The Westside Local
Indianapolis, IN - Pure Eatery
Burlington, VT - Farmhouse Tap and Grill
Boston, MA - Garden at the Cellar
Philadelphia, PA - Audrey Claire
New York, NY- Sun in Bloom
For more details see http://www.grubwithus.com/oxfam

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