Happy Sunday folks!
It’s getting close to dinner time, and I’m sure many of you are looking in your refrigerators and cupboards like, “What in the world shall I cook?”
Many of us are blessed to have an abundance of delicious items to choose from for any meal, but did you know that 49 million Americans live in food-insecure homes? For those of you unfamiliar with food insecurity, it is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” Pretty unbelievable when we live in a nation of plenty, right?
Catholic Charities USA, one of the leading nonprofit organizations that has worked for over 100 years to reduce poverty in America, has started the #ShareYourPlate challenge and they need your help! This challenge, issued in a cooking video by CCUSA’s president Father Larry Snyder, comes in conjunction with Caritas Internationalis’ “One Human Family, Food For All” hunger campaign. And from now until November 26th, CCUSA wants YOU to #ShareYourPlate in this virtual meal!
To participate in the #ShareYourPlate challenge, follow the steps below:
1. Snap a photo or a quick video (no longer than 5 minutes, please) of your favorite homemade meal.
2. Next, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest using the hashtags #ShareYourPlate and #FoodForAll
3. Finally, challenge your friends, family members and co-workers to share their plates in this virtual meal!
Above, I’ve shared my plate of quick and easy Shrimp Fried Rice from a recipe that I borrowed from Stephanie Cooks via Pinterest. You can totally substitute shrimp for beef or chicken, and use any veggies that you would like. Now that I’ve shared my plate, I would like to challenge my friends Victoria Chan, Nykeba Corinaldi, Alexandra Givan, Taylor Henriquez, and Chefs JR Robinson of Kitchen Cray and Kevin Curry of Fit Men Cook.
Together, we can raise awareness about hunger in America, and help organizations like Catholic Charities USA and Caritas Internationalis fight poverty once and for all.
For more information about the #ShareYourPlate challenge, visit http://www.caritasfoodforall.org/shareyourplate.