How many chefs does it take to end childhood hunger? All of ‘em. That’s why we at Share Our Strength are committed to creating every vehicle possible for those who want to make a difference in whatever way leverages their special strength. Our latest example: Chefs on Bikes for No Kid Hungry, an annual series of 2-3 day bike rides covering hundreds of miles to raise money and awareness for our No Kid Hungry campaign.
This June at least 25 chefs will be cycling from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and another 25 from New York to DC. Extraordinary culinary talents Todd Grey, Nick Stefanelli and Will Artley are cycling, as are Seamus Mullen, Jeff Mahin, and Matt Bell. There will be a team from the ever growing Shake Shack organization, and representatives of the Union Square Hospitality Group, among others.
It is all still a work in progress (even the name could change between now and the ride) – and we expect the rides to grow dramatically over the years just as Taste of the Nation and the Dine Out have done - but this is the time to get in on the ground floor of our most exciting new idea. For the past 30 years we’ve worked with the culinary and food service industry to raise and spend more than half a billion dollars. That’s a lot of money and it has enabled us to enroll record numbers of kids in programs like school breakfast and summer meals to ensure they get the nutrition they need to grow and learn.
But our work is not done. We need to raise millions more dollars over each of the next few years and Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry can be the way to do that. If you are a chef who wants to ride, a food lover who wants to support a favorite chef, or if you can volunteer to help organize, please let us know. Share Our Strength co-founder Debbie Shore can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned for regular updates as more details become available. See you out on the road. Thanks.