No Kid Hungry Celebrates Its First Anniversary With Food Network

by in Events, November 22nd, 2011

jeff bridges, brooke johnson, billy shore
With Thanksgiving and the holidays right around the corner, it’s important to remember to donate to those in need, especially children.

Last week, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign celebrated its one year anniversary with Food Network and campaign spokesperson Jeff Bridges. The No Kid Hungry Pledge is a daunting task, but with a committed army of supporters, Share Our Strength is confronting childhood hunger head-on with a goal of ending it by 2015.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Share Our Strength. They do such incredible work and they inspire us as a company to try and be better. We’re excited to use the power of Food Network to help them raise awareness on this issue — our employees are excited, our chefs are excited,” said Brooke Johnson, President of Food Network.

During the celebration, guests also got a sneak peek of a documentary Food Network is producing around the issue of childhood hunger in America, which will release in 2012.

Billy Shore, founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength added, “We have hundreds of partners, but only one media partner. Food Network has helped us spread the word about childhood hunger in a way we never could.”

Want to help? Get involved now by donating to the cause — all donations matched through December 31.

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Also in attendance at the Share Our Strength celebration were Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Amanda Freitag and host Ted Allen. They’re using the power of TV to spread the word about childhood healthy eating by airing a special episode of Chopped called: Class Act, airing tonight at 10pm/9c.

Tonight, four school cafeteria chefs compete to raise awareness about such an important issue. “This episode is a win-win for Food Network. The show’s made better by the topic and it’s an opportunity to get the message out there: Child nutrition is needed in schools,” said Brooke Johnson.

We also caught up with judge Marc Murphy: “I don’t like to call them lunch ladies, I like to call them school chefs. This episode is incredibly moving, most of the cameramen and crew were in tears the entire time, watching these ladies, their energy, enthusiasm and beauty comes out.” When I asked him whether or not this would be his favorite Chopped episode, he said, “Hands down — until we do another one that’s just as important.”

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Comments (49)

  1. Arnold Stang says:

    Why is no one discussing how unhealthy the dishes were on this episode? Neither of the two finalists had even heard of quinoa — and their job is to cook healthy food on a budget? Both chefs are obese. One has a husband who needs gastric bypass surgery. The other's dessert was inspired by the snacks she makes for her daughter — fried whitebread with butter, chocolate and moscarpone. These women are the Typhoid Marys of obesity. Appalling.

    • Gail Denham says:

      That was a draw-back – but it didn't negate these lady's dedication and love for the kids – plus their desire to cook good, honest, nutritional food for the kids – plus giving them breakfast and packing a backpack for their weekend. Wow! inspiring.

  2. Michelle says:

    All of you people talking smack better be in perfect health, and can cook healthy for hundreds of children on a tight budget. Your comments are rude about these ladies and their families. See that a light was being brought upon schools trying to make lunches healthier, but instead, you've proved that no matter what, you can't make everyone happy.

    • Arnold Stang says:

      But it didn't shine a light on how to make food healthier on a budget. The chef who served a healthy salad got voted off first. The chef who regularly used quinoa at her school got voted off second. The chef who steamed, instead of frying, her appetizer got voted off third. The winner was the one who served mountains of the least healthy food. This episode taught less than nothing and sent the wrong message.

  3. amber says:

    I do not agree with the judges chopping the one based on the fact that it needed "MORE" dressing on the salad. It was supposed to be about healthy food for kids. I work in a day care and we do not serve dressing on veggies and salads. Dressing is something we have come to depend on and we are trying to teach kids they dont need it to be able to eat. it adds calroies and fat to food. the same thing with the comments about not enough salt? there is no need to add salt to a dish for a child.. they dont taste things the same way we do. and they get to much salt as it is… this episode was not judged based on what is healty for kids but for what the adult judges liked…

  4. Gail Denham says:

    A few observations. There are many shows (like Paula Deen) we enjoy – but no offense — couldnt' you come up with some better show event nights – when all there is offered is: Diners, Dives – I get tired of watching that spiked blond head eating his way to a heart attack.'____The Cake decoration contests are fun The cupcake competition is lame to me – what can you do to a cupcake??____More good recipe shows — and definately more "feed the poor" and "humble folk" shows would be welcome. Down home stuff – Cajun cooking with "real cajuns"__ Need a steady diet of "good" fun shows.

  5. Anita says:

    I'm conflicted; it was a great episode in that the competitors were school chefs who seemed to be really supportive of each other (the competitiveness between over-inflated ego chefs sometimes gets ugly). But if you were trying to reward healthy school lunches, then your choice didn't support your goal. She prepared monster portions of high fat foods; not exactly what school kids (or anyone) should be eating. Then again, her grilled cheese dessert looked very good, I may have to try that!

  6. Lindsey says:

    I taped this show so I did not see any of the current administration comments or I would have turned the channel. I was moved by these wonderful women and their passion and drive to help children. I was very annoyed by some of the above viewer comments … They had four defined ingredients each course … This is not what they have to use in everyday life so they had to make due. I was moved by these women (not by any gov supporter) so I looked up this cause/charity. No way will I donate because most of the money does not go toward giving children in the US hot meals. Look it up yourself and be disgusted.

  7. kity62 says:

    Please have more of the School Cafeteria Chefs. What a wonderful way to highlight those who probably never get a thank you!!!

  8. Donna Carpenter-F says:

    Re: Hungry Students a teacher’s perspective 
    http://newamericamedia.org/2011/12/teachers-strug

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