How to use the Personal Chef Approach™ to feed your family and theirs!

Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

The emaciated little bodies with skin hanging from their bones, the tears in their eyes, and the living-dead look in their eyes are all seared onto my heart. The easy thing to do is say “how sad”, then turn away and try to forget. I can’t, those little faces haunt me. Maybe you tweeted the story on to assuage that nagging voice of humanity within you (raising awareness is very important too), or maybe you’ve been moved into action, and want to help FEED these starving, malnourished children and their families like I do? As a mother, and as someone who earns her living cooking, I can’t turn my back on these hungry people, but I do need your help.

Some of us will simply donate which is fantabulous! However, I know this economy is putting a pinch on how much many of us can afford to give. What if I told you that you could make a real difference and it wouldn’t cost you a cent, just your time doing something you already do anyway?

Why not use our new found Personal Chef Approach™ skills to help feed the hungry? It is not much more effort to cook 8 servings of a meal than it is to cook 4 servings (you just double the ingredients). You’ll be cooking for your own family anyway, so why not offer to cook for a friend, colleague, or family member willing to donate in exchange for making them a few meals for the week ahead at the same time? Let’s put the Personal Chef Approach™ into action, because it is a TRIPLE WIN!

WIN #1 You help a friend get dinner from fridge to table in a snap.

WIN #2 You feed your own family at the same time without much extra effort.

WIN# 3 You share the knowledge you both helped feed people in desperate need in the process.

 Click here for more details, or sign-up to participate, and instructions will be emailed directly to you.

Please do not tell me, “but I can’t cook.” If you can read, you can cook! All of the logistics are already taken care of for you – I’ve planned a menu with three quick and easy meals, supplied the recipes, written the grocery list you will need, and even the “heat to eat” instructions for you to print out and leave with the food for your donor family. All you have to do is shop and follow the directions.

I’m putting my actions where my mouth is, and I have offered to cook for any personal friends willing to donate a minimum of $500.00. I will also be available on Facebook most of the day on Sunday September 18th, 2011 to give you timely advice in case you need it. You set the price you think your time is worth (plus what your friends might pop for), however I feel $100.00 donation ought to be the minimum (preferably $200.00). Lets face it – this requires a lot of effort, and it will cost $100.00 to see one child safely through this drought.


 Sesame-Garlic Grill-Ready Flank Steak
Asian-Style Roasted Broccoli

Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Balsamic Marinated Green Beans & Carrots

Goats Cheese & Herb Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Orzo with Spinach, Feta & Toasted Pine Nuts

*Please be sure to always follow safe food handling practices.
** We recommend cooking in the donor’s home to comply with local health codes.

Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

When you donate to Julie Anne Rhodes: Supporting the Children’s Hunger Crisis Fund you will be sending funds directly to Save The Children, who have launched an emergency appeal to get life-saving help to thousands of Ethiopian, Kenyan and Somali children facing starvation in what the UN has called the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in 60 years. I support them because they have been on the ground helping, with a well established relationship of trust in this troubled region for many years. Save The Children provide clean water, food and medicine as well as education on how to adapt to the increasing droughts in the area. At least 90% of all money donated goes directly where it is needed most, with only 4% going towards costs and 6% towards fundraising.

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Please click here for DONATIONS

PS. For those of you entering the Party Accomplished Competition – do not forget to ask your guests to donate!

PPS. Do you have any ideas you would like to add for this or future fundraising efforts?

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  • August 9, 2011
    9:13 am

    Done and done. Enjoy the time with your daughter and relax! Happy Birthday to Tatjana!

    • August 9, 2011
      9:02 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

  • August 9, 2011
    8:47 pm

    Hey Jewels, Since you are already in the T-Shirt Business (well, sort of! LOL!), why not design and offer a special artsy/hip T-Shirt with the sales proceeds (above cost, of course) going toward the Relief Fund? I’ll take the first one! :0) -R

    • August 9, 2011
      9:08 pm

      Great idea Regina – I’m game to design them if you’re up for financing them!

      • August 12, 2011
        6:57 am

        Dear julie anne,
        Why not aprons with your design/name because people will have to cook?

  • August 10, 2011
    10:35 am

    Hello Julie Anne,
    It has been too long since I have been online & even longer since I’ve posted a coment: in synthesis I was in a real tornado in Spring-only lost my pc to it yet my neighbors’ Major Live 200 year Oak tree fell onto their home and everyone is okay now; we moved house in May-stressful, made a friend & summarily lost a friend though not without life affirming changes resulting, visited the beach for the first time in two long years-yes yes & more yes which caused an upper respiratory infection as the night swimming was a benediction and a-no-small-feat accomplishment due to all the shark bites here on the Atlantic coast due to millions of tourists visiting the nutrient rich waters therefore murky-the more transparent the water is in that particular region of the ocean the ocean the less nutrient rich it is but oh so enchanting and beautiful. I digress. Oil spills in Our Oceans have a global effect due to the churning & constant movement of water from waves to currents such as the Gulf Stream and this effects the Ocean’s ability to absorb heat, and it is warmer & colder than usual which is verifiable because biologists-marine and otherwise study seriously these charts and compare/contrast their findings with those of Oceanographers & meteorologists then they do field work and measure their now real world real time samples and after all of the numerical data is crunched, well we see and are then witness to massive droughts as one effect of not properly caring for our communal home:Earth. It is terrible beyond reason and a very real living nightmare for the people that have been displaced by the lack of rainfall. Yes. Kenya, Ethiopia & Somalia. I don’t know, I don’t understand. I believe raising awareness is the major thrust for my life. I will talk about it. Write about it. To provide duality, the entire state of Texas, every county, all 254 are designated natural disaster zones. Though it is not complicated by cruel poverty, poor or no infrastructure

  • August 30, 2011
    3:21 pm

    Thanks Jewels for informative post about childrens-hunger. I am pleased sure this post has helped me save many hours of browsing other similar posts just to find what I was looking for. Just I want to say: Thank you