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Bento gear on Menu for Hope 6
Posted By Biggie On December 14, 2009 @ 5:14 pm In SF Bay Area local, admin, bento, giveaway, shopping | 16 Comments
 The holidays are a time for giving, and in the food blog world that’s come to mean the  Menu For Hope food blog annual fundraising campaign, now in its 6th year. Started by Pim of  Chez Pim, Menu for Hope raises money for the  United Nations World Food Programme, the world’s largest food aid agency (it raised over US$250,000 over the last three years for the program!). Specifically, this year’s donations will go to the WFP’s  Purchase for Progress (P4P), a new initiative that helps smallholder and low-income farmers supply food to WFP’s global operations, improving farming practices and putting more cash into their pockets.
In Menu for Hope, food bloggers around the world offer a variety of food-related items for the online raffle. Every US$10 you donate earns you one “ticket” to bid on an item of your choice. At the end of the campaign, tickets are drawn and results are announced on Chez Pim on Monday, January 18, 2010.
A full list of bid items is will be posted at  Chez Pim, and the Western U.S. regional prizes will be shown at  Gluten-Free Girl. A mere US$10 gives you a shot at some pretty cool food-related prizes! Check them all out and see what appeals to you.
I’m happy to offer another bento kit for bidding this year, with products courtesy of  Skater Company, Japan’s largest manufacturer of bento boxes, and  ZESPRI, the New Zealand kiwifruit company. I’ll also give each of the winners a personal tour of San Francisco’s Japantown if you’re in town (details below).
“Winnie the Pooh Goes Bananas” Bento Box Kit and personal tour of San Francisco’s Japantown (prize code: UW20)
The Winnie the Pooh goods are all marked “For Sale in Japan Only”, so are uncommon outside of Japan. The manufacturer’s care instructions are noted below, but I often put these sorts of things in the dishwasher (no heated dry cycle) without adverse effects (see my  guide on caring for your bento gear). The kit consists of the following:
If you live in or will be visiting San Francisco, I’ll give you a personal bento tour of San Francisco’s Japantown, visiting specialty stores for bento gear, food, and cookbooks that I wrote about in the  SF Bay Area shopping guide for bento gear. Have  your own Japanese speaker show you around and translate anything you have questions about!
I will ship internationally if the winner lives outside the U.S., and there’s no expiration date on the tour in case the winner lives outside the Bay Area but will be visiting at some point in the future. The tour is transferable if the winner won’t be traveling to San Francisco.
(Disclaimer: I have no commercial affiliations with Skater, but I worked with Zespri on a kiwifruit event this past year.)
Here’s what you need to do for a chance at winning the bento prize:
Check back on  Chez Pim on Monday, January 18, 2010 for the results of the raffle.
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 Menu For Hope food blog annual fundraising campaign: http://www.chezpim.com/blogs/2009/12/mfh6main.html
 Chez Pim: http://www.chezpim.com/
 United Nations World Food Programme: http://www.wfp.org/english/
 Purchase for Progress (P4P): http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress
 Gluten-Free Girl: http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/
 Skater Company: http://skater.co.jp
 ZESPRI: http://www.zespri.com/
 Biggie: http://lunchinabox.net/about/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/4183831161/
 guide on caring for your bento gear: http://lunchinabox.net/2008/01/22/bento-gear-care-and-maintenance/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/4183831149/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/4184591658/
 sandwich cutter: http://lunchinabox.net/2008/02/05/dinosaur-sandwich-bento-lunch/
 food safety: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/08/food-safety-for-packed-lunches-updated/
 egg molding tutorial: http://lunchinabox.net/2006/06/22/williams-sonoma-for-egg-molds/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/4184591646/
 bento box size guidelines: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/07/guide-to-choosing-the-right-size-bento-box/
 SF Bay Area shopping guide for bento gear: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/09/award-nomination-sf-bay-area-shopping-guide/
 Firstgiving : http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhope6
 Lunch in a Box’s bento sets for 2008 Menu for Hope 5: http://lunchinabox.net/2008/12/15/bento-prizes-on-menu-for-hope-5/
 Lunch in a Box’s bento set for 2007 Menu for Hope 4: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/12/10/menu-for-hope-4/
 : http://lunchinabox.net/2008/01/11/menu-for-hope-results/
 Online store list for bento gear: http://lunchinabox.net/2008/06/09/online-stores-for-bento-gear/
 Bento Store Locator: http://lunchinabox.net/bento-store-locator/
 Bento recipes on Lunch in a Box : http://lunchinabox.net/recipes/
 Bento FAQ: http://lunchinabox.net/faq/
 Biggie’s list of top speed tips, tutorials and reviews: http://lunchinabox.net/top-tips/
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