Hunger Stop food bank to host chef challenge fundraiser Sept. 19 – 21

Posted on: October 26, 2016

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Across Canada, one in 10 people don’t have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food Banks Canada has designated Sept. 19 to Sept. 23 has Hunger Awareness Week.Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton

Almost 700 people (from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith) use the Lanark County food bank, The Hunger Stop, every month. Thirty-six percent of those people are children and over 8 percent are seniors. The Hunger Stop is having a Master Chef Cook-Off during Hunger Awareness week to bring attention to the needs of those less fortunate and help fund efforts within the community. All funds go towards the purchase of perishables such as milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese and meat.

The event will be held on Sept.19, Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the community kitchen, upstairs at Mitchell’s Independent Grocer (455 McNeely Ave., Carleton Place). Each night a different well-known area chef will be performing.

Each chef will “shop” at the Food Bank two hours before heading to the test kitchen. The chef will only be allowed to select the quantity and type of items that are allowed for a family of four. Each chef will receive one pound of meat for the entrée and some fresh produce (if available).

The challenge is to create a three-course meal (and anything else they choose) in the time allotted, using the ingredients from the food bank.

Come find out how to use basic, simple ingredients to create a tasty, amazing meal. Learn cheats, substitutions, and innovative ways to stretch your grocery dollar. Audience interaction is encouraged.

On Sept. 19, Roger Weldon from Generations Inn in Beckwith will be taking the spotlight, with Rob Slack from Slackoni’s in Carleton Place on Sept. 20, and Wendy Barbaro from Mill Street Crepe Company in Almonte on Sept. 21.

Admission by monetary donation.

The Hunger Stop is also running an online silent auction. Please check out the list of auction items at http://bit.ly/2bbiY5a and place a bid.

Winners can collect their items from the Hunger Stop at 5 Allan St in Carleton Place the week of Sept.26 during open hours. Smaller Items can be shipped for additional cost – larger items must be picked up. Payment can be made in person by cash or cheque (made out to Lanark County Food Bank), or via secure online payment using PayPal (account not required). Items will be available for viewing starting Sept. 5.

The Hunger Stop greatly appreciates the support of Mitchell’s Independent Grocer for the use of their kitchen and their support.

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