My friends Kim and Jason at popular OC-based foodie blog Saturday Night Foodies, have organized a fantastic effort to help combat hunger in the community.
Here is the press release since it says everything better than I would be able to.
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2010 – Saturday Night Foodies, a popular food and restaurant review blog, in conjunction with 20 Orange County Gourmet Food Trucks and other leading food bloggers, will host Drive Out Hunger, the county’s first mobile food drive,benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. The two week food drive will be held from November 7-20, 2010
“From the outside, Orange County appears to be a privileged community and yet according to the Second Harvest Food Bank, approximately 615,000 Orange County residents are at risk of going hungry each month,” said Jason Iehl, founder of Saturday Night Foodies. “With the respective followers of gourmet food trucks and food blog readers, we have the power to bring awareness to the hunger problem taking place in ourown backyard and really make a difference. We felt holding a food drive would be agreat way to rally the foodie community to give to those less fortunate.”
Because the economy has been slow to rebound, donations have been low this year. Inturn, the Second Harvest member agencies are reporting an average 35 percent increase in demand for food assistance. The goal of the Drive Out Hunger mobile food drive is to collect 1,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Gourmet food truck followers and food enthusiasts are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned or dry food donations when they go to their favorite gourmet food trucks or food truck events duringthe two week food drive.
The donations that are needed most are:
Non-perishable canned goods or dry food:
Personal care items:
The participating gourmet food trucks will have collection bins at their food stops fromNov. 7-20, to accept donations: Bakery Truck, Barcelona on the Go, CalbiBBQ, ChunknChip, Crepes Bonaparte, DanDanBBQ, Dogzilla Dogs, Dos Chinos, KonaiceBC, Lomo Arigato, Longboards, Louks, Oh For Sweets Sake, Piaggio on Wheels, Seabirds, Shortstop BBQ, The Burnt Truck, The Lime Truck, The Taco Dawg, and Tropical ShaveIce.
For food enthusiasts that are not located in Orange County, but want to contribute, a virtual food drive has been established online so they can participate regardless of wherethey are located. Please visit www.saturdaynightfoodies.com and click on the Drive OutHunger icon to make a monetary contribution. Participating bloggers helping with thevirtual drive are: The Cupcake Activist, Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman, Gourmet FoodTruck, Marian the Foodie, Just Spotted, Save the Food Trucks and Savored.
About Drive Out Hunger Mobile Food Drive
Drive Out Hunger is a mobile food drive collaboration between Saturday Night Foodies,local gourmet food trucks and food bloggers to combat hunger in our communities.
About Saturday Night Foodies
Jason Iehl and Kim Nelson, editors of SaturdayNightFoodies.com, are the consummatefoodies. The husband and wife duo combine their passion for food, cooking and travel,with the need to tell the world about their crazy food adventures. They have even beenknown to plan entire vacations around food or take off on a “Saturday Night”, tempted by something they just saw on the Food Network or Cooking Channel. In addition to publishing restaurant and gourmet food truck reviews from their travels and keeping readers apprised of the latest food trends, Jason, a former chef, chronicles his culinary delights on the website’s “Test Kitchen”.www.saturdaynightfoodies.com
About Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County
Since 1983, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County has provided more than 265million pounds of safe and nutritious surplus food to now over 450 charitable non-profit organizations throughout Orange County. The Second Harvest Food Bank of OrangeCounty is a certified Affiliate Member of Feeding America. For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County or to learn how to help, visit www.feedoc.org.
Can't get to one of the trucks listed above? Click HERE (or the logo below) to make a virtual donation!