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Tucson Circle of Food 30 Day Challenge

Tucson Circle of Food 30 Day Challenge

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Circle of Food 30 day challenge

Thirty days has September, April, June and blah blah. This little ditty according to Wikipedia is a traditional English rhyme commonly used in English-speaking countries to remember what months have how many days.

What does this have to do with food?

For the month of September, Circle of Food is going to challenge me, myself and I, Karyn Zoldan to write one blog post every day unless a guest blogger jumps in.

Hold me accountable, okay?

September’s cup runs over with food related classes, fundraisers, festivals and more. If you have a food or liquid refreshment-related happening, trend, announcement (no vitamin water press releases, please), use the contact form or PM Circle of Food on Facebook.

Warning: Circle of Food has a soft spot for fundraisers.

Three Arizona-owned restaurants/groups are participating in the month-long fundraiser for No Kid Hungry campaign as well as numerous chain restaurants like IHOPs, Arby, Jack-in-the-Box, etc.

Fired pie
Fired pie

Fired Pie

For every $2 donation guests will receive a coupon for a free pookie on their next visit. What’s a pookie? Fired chocolate chip cookie dough topped with vanilla bean ice cream.

Fox Restaurant Concepts

Wildflower Tucson
Wildflower Tucson

UPDATE: Zinburger & Blanco don’t take reservations. FRC (in Tucson – Wildflower and North Italia) will donate $1 for every reservation made via Open Table reservations thru Wildflower and North Italia websites respectively.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Guests will receive a bonus card matching their donation amount to use on their next visit.  In 2015, Grimaldi’s raised $300,000 for the cause. Since they have started participating in No Kid Hungry they have raised more than $450,000.

Funds raised are used to cultivate awareness about child hunger in the U.S., support nutrition programs like School Breakfast and Summer Meals, and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy dishes with limited resources.

Circle of Food looked at the No Kid Hungry Arizona page and couldn’t find any partners in Tucson. I have contacted No Kid Hungry for confirmation or can someone involved let me know if children in Pima County and Southern Arizona are benefiting from these programs? UPDATE: In Tucson specifically No Kid Hungry grants to the Association of Arizona food banks that supports food banks throughout the state including Tucson.

Unlike the national average of 1 in 5 kids are hungry, here in Arizona – 1 in 4 kids are hungry; 493,000 low-income children in Arizona receive free or reduced-price lunch. According to that website, all of these kids are eligible for other critical meals, but too many are missing out. ONLY 49% of children eating free or reduced-price school lunch are getting school breakfast. ONLY 15% of children eating free or reduced-price school lunches are getting summer meals.

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Written by Karyn Zoldan – Day #1

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