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Eat for Equity Stamford has gone to the dawgs for its next meal benefitting Kids Helping Kids

26 Nov

Eat for Equity is back with some more awesome food and great times! Anybody who’s anyone will be meeting up at 15 Fairway Drive in Stamford from 7-10 on 12/6 for an all-growned up version of a meal in support of Kids Helping Kids. Here’s more about KHK: 

“Our mission is to develop leadership skills through youth-led service projects.  We empower students to take their passion and turn it into action to make a difference in the lives of other kids.”

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Eat for Equity Stamford Preps for 10th Benefit Dinner on August 16

29 Jul

New Eat for Equity Stamford Logo

If you’ve been following our blog, it’s no secret that we are huge supporters of Eat for Equity Stamford.  And, what’s not to love about a group of volunteers who put together meals with all money raised going to local charities?  And, just as exciting, what’s not to love about local businesses like Saugatuck Craft Butchery and Shop Rite Super Grade A who come together to provide high quality food that is also local?  It’s a marriage of everything awesome…plus, after each dinner, you always leave feeling good, feeling like you’ve helped to make a change in the community, and you probably have made a few new great friends in the process, too.

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Help Weed out Hunger at Stamford Museum + Nature Center for Earth Day

13 Apr

Garlic mustard takes over, but not for long… (photo from SM&NC)

To celebrate Earth Day, Stamford Museum & Nature Center (only one of our most favoritest places ever) is doing something a bit different.  Just a day before Earth Day, on April 21 from 9 am – 12:30 pm, volunteers will join in for the first ever Garlic Mustard Pull.  See, guess some people in the 1860s thought it’d be cool to bring over some garlic mustard to North America.  They would eat it and would even use it as medicine.  Guess they didn’t realize, though, it would take over this continent like The Beatles or, better yet, One Direction or Justin Bieber.  According to SM&NC, if nothing is done about the garlic mustard, it will basically choke out other life in forests and nature, dominating and decimating the biodiversity of our land.

Volunteers will pull up the garlic mustard that’s found throughout SM&NC and it will be collected.  By the end of the day, the garlic mustard leaves will be donated to local food banks, helping to feed the hungry.  The staff encourage you, also, to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after you’ve rid SM&NC of these invasive pests.  Anybody 11 or older can volunteer, but if you’re 11-14 you’ll need to have an adult with you.  Eat for Equity Stamford has already stepped up, pledging to help.  How ’bout you?  Also, SM&NC is looking for team captains to help oversee the pulling.  Please contact Cathryn Oulighan by April 17 by calling her  at  (203) 977-6530 or e-mailing her at volunteer@stamfordmuseum.org.

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Give Back: Meals and Music at the Soup Kitchen through Backyard Humanitarian

5 Apr

Some happy chefs serving up some salad, photo from http://backyardhumanitarian.org

Here are some startling facts according to FeedingAmerica.org:

  • In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.
  • In 2011, 14.9 percent of households (17.9 million households) were food insecure.
  • In 2011, 5.7 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • In 2011, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent.
  • In 2011, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.6 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (36.8 percent) or single men (24.9 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
  • In 2011, 8.8 percent of seniors living alone (1 million households) were food insecure.
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 37 percent in Holmes County, MS.

The band plays on at the soup kitchen, photo from http://www.backyardhumanitarian.org

Yes, those statistics are definitely amazing and Fairfield County isn’t immune from food insecurity, either.  But, as you know, there are lots of people out there who are helping to feed and take care of others.  We’ve talked to you about the great work of Community Plates and we’ve talked about fundraisers for New Covenant House of Hospitality in Stamford, but we’re presenting you now with some solid, tangible ways to get out there and help out.

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