CARE Chefs to Host Advocacy Dinner in Houston - CARE

CARE Chefs to Host Advocacy Dinner in Houston

CARE Chef and former Bravo Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn visited Peru in January to learn about CARE's agriculture programs.
CARE Chef and former Bravo Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn visited Peru in January to learn about CARE's agriculture programs.

HOUSTON (Sept. 15, 2014) — Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn and Atlanta chef Asha Gomez will host a CARE advocacy dinner in Houston this week to raise awareness about global hunger. More than 840 million people around the world do not have enough to eat.

“Food is a universal amongst all of us,” Mendelsohn said “We all need it; we all work with it. And it’s very important that chefs or just human beings in general understand what the rest of the world is going through to get food to their plate.”

Mendelsohn and Gomez will share their personal experience traveling with the poverty-fighting organization CARE to Peru earlier this year. During the trip, they visited with farmers and families in the region of Ayacucho to learn how communities were able to gain access nutritious food.

With the help of CARE, some of the families participated in farming cooperatives so they could sell a steady supply of high-quality crops to their local markets and command higher prices. Others started microsavings groups – known as Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) – in which group members learned basic financial literacy skills and expanded their small businesses. Click here to see photos from Mendelsohn and Gomez’ trip

The chefs will explain how the CARE trip inspired them to become advocates for CARE, particularly around modernizing the U.S. food aid system. Several of the programs Mendelsohn and Gomez saw in Peru focused on increasing the capacity of local farmers and encouraging consumers to buy locally rather than ship food in from abroad. Many countries still rely on food shipped in from the U.S. during times of emergencies, even though it may cost more, take longer and disrupt the local markets.

The dinner will take place at Chef Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly restaurant, which embraces local cuisine by telling the story of Houston’s food culture. Chef Shepherd, who joined the group for the dinner, often works with local farmers and fisherman to source his menu.

Mendelsohn and Gomez will discuss the importance of working with policy makers to create change. Both chefs attended CARE’s National Conference in March and met with policy makers to push for a more flexible food aid system that allows both shipping food and purchasing it locally.

“Without policy and reform and change, you cannot actually do what you need to when it comes to humanitarian aid,” Gomez said. “It’s important that we become voices and become advocates for people across the world who need our help.”

Both chefs are available for media interviews.

ABOUT CARE
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year CARE worked in 87 countries and reached more than 97 million people around the world. To learn more, visit www.care.org.

Media Contacts
Washington, D.C.: Stephanie Chen, CARE, schen@care.org, (Office) +1-202-595-2824, (Cell) +1-404-819-6638

Resources

CARE Chefs to Host Advocacy Dinner in Houston

HOUSTON (Sept. 15, 2014) — Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn and Atlanta chef Asha Gomez will host a CARE advocacy dinner in Houston this week to raise awareness about global hunger. More than 840 million people around the world do not have enough to eat.“Food is a universal amongst all of us,” Mendelsohn said “We all

Read More

Issue Brief: Food and Nutrition Security for All

Read More

Putting Evaluations Into Practice: 20 Years of Food For Peace

This 34 page brief shows us lessons learned from 20 years of Food For Peace Programming.

Read More

Learning Tours Trip Report: Djibouti & Mozambique

Findings from the CARE Learning Tour to Djibouti and Mozambique. From August 17-23, 2015, a delegation of U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee staffers, the Administrator from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a technical expert from Global Child Nutrition Foundation, traveled to Djibouti and Mozambique to see how U.S. investments in food and nutrition security are providing short-term food assistance to those in need, while also building the capacity of smallholder farmers to sustainably produce enough nutritious food to feed their families and lift their communities out of poverty.

Read More

A Recipe for Alleviating Chronic Malnutrition in Mozambique

Findings from the CARE Chefs’ Learning Tour to Mozambique

Read More

SHOUHARDO II Evaluation

This 70 page report documents the findings of the SHOUHARDO II program, a Food For Peace program in Bangladesh that aims to reduce...

Read More

Kore Lavi: A New Way to Do Food Aid

Kore Lavi is implementing a safety net program that improves access to locally produced foods among vulnerable households.

Read More

GRAD: Graduating Out of Social Assistance And Into Long-Term Food Security

GRAD is a five-year USAID-funded project designed to build on the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Plus (PSNP)...

Read More

PPT Step By Step Guide

This 8 page guide lays out the steps of how to use CARE's Participatory Performance Tracker.

Read More

Participatory Performance Tracker

This 2 page guide describes CARE's Participatory Performance Tracker tool, and outlines when it is useful.

Read More

CARE Chefs to Host Advocacy Dinner in Houston

HOUSTON (Sept. 15, 2014) — Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn and Atlanta chef Asha Gomez will host a CARE advocacy dinner in Houston this week to raise awareness about global hunger. More than 840 million people around the world do not have enough to eat.“Food is a universal amongst all of us,” Mendelsohn said “We all

Read More

Guidance for GBV Monitoring and Mitigation in Non-GBV Sectoral Programming

This document aims to address the increasing demand for clear guidance on how to practically and ethically monitor and mitigate gender-based violence (GBV) within non-emergency, international development programming, in which GBV is not a specific programmatic component. Specifically, it draws on existing GBV-related guidance, as well as input from a group of experts, to provide recommendations for preventing and/or responding to unintentional risk, threat, or violence against individuals related to programmatic interventions. These recommendations describe ways to take stock of the programmatic environment with regard to GBV in general, as well as targeted suggestions on how to track GBV-related incidents and issues throughout the program cycle.

Read More

White Paper on Food Aid Policy (2006)

This paper briefly summarizes our analyses, options, and directions on food resources and spending on food aid. 

Read More

Adaptation and Food Security

CARE is committed to both food security and climate change adaptation as programming and policy advocacy priorities.

Read More

CARE Chefs to Host Advocacy Dinner in Houston

HOUSTON (Sept. 15, 2014) — Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn and Atlanta chef Asha Gomez will host a CARE advocacy dinner in Houston this week to raise awareness about global hunger. More than 840 million people around the world do not have enough to eat.“Food is a universal amongst all of us,” Mendelsohn said “We all

Read More