Donate canned goods for queso at local Qdoba Mexican Grill locations

Got some canned goods? Want to help a local food bank? Do you like cheese dip?

Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants in Louisville and southern Indiana will collect canned goods for Dare to Care food bank through Sunday, Nov. 20, according to an email I got from the chain restaurant. In exchange for one canned good, customers will receive a free queso upgrade to any entree. In exchange for three canned goods, the restaurant will give you an order of chips and queso.

This sounds like a win-win situation. And if you don’t make it into a Qdoba by the end of the promotion? Donate to Dare to Care anyway.

Bits and pieces: KFC, Slow Food International and other food news from the web, 4.11.11

New moms aren't eating right, so says the experts. Photo courtesy of flequi via Flickr.
  • New mothers let their health slip after the baby arrives because of lack of exercise and unhealthy eating, according to a study published in Pediatrics journal. It took a group of researchers to tell us that new moms are too busy to eat right and exercise. I’m not a mom, but I will give a “Well, DUH” in sisterly solidarity. (CNN)
  • Please check out these pictures from the World Grits Festival. They made my day. (Best Week Ever)
  • Here’s a list of 50 great food-related accounts to follow on Twitter. One day, I’ll make the list. One day. *shakes fist with determination (The Kitchn)
  • Good news — Slow Food International is considering Louisville as a host city for the group’s international congress, which would be its first such event in the United States. Bad news — the group has postponed making a decision until June. (WFPL News)
  • Yum! Brands, the folks who own KFC, is lobbying the state to allow the disabled, elderly and homeless to use food stamp vouchers at the company’s restaurants. Folks are pissed at this prospect. (WFPL)
  • Oh, snap. Louisville is getting an organic produce/local food/natural grocery delivery service. And the company, Green BEAN, is going to donate to Dare to Care Food Bank. It’s my middle class dream to have something like this. (Business First of Louisville)

Hunger Walk benefiting Dare to Care food bank, World Food Programme to take place at Waterfront Park this weekend

With one in seven Americans living in poverty, there is a great need for organizations that can help the impoverished meet basic, immediate needs.

This weekend, Kentuckiana folks will have the chance to support a couple of these agencies.

The 2010 Hunger Walk 2010 will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville. The event will benefit Dare to Care Food Bank and The World Food Programme, two programs that address hunger on a local and international level.

The 5K run/walk begins at 2:15 p.m. A festival with food and entertainment starts at noon. Registration for the race is closed, but you can still support the agencies by donating online.

I get to see Dare to Care’s work each day at my day-job at Neighborhood House. Five nights each week, my organization hosts Kids’ Café, a Dare to Care program that provides kids with a free, nutritious meal. This summer, we set a record by serving 114 kids in one night, no doubt a result of the recession and the poverty it has caused.