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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Truffle Trifecta 2013 Begins to Take Shape

February 23, 2013, we will once again celebrate truffle cultivation in North Carolina and raise some money to feed  hungry kids in our region.  http://www.hungernwnc.org/about-us/our-programs.html#backpack  Truffles NC supported and organized this dinner last year and it was our greatest pleasure to see this event so well received.  Again, this year, we will provide truffles for everyone to enjoy as we educate guests, prepare dishes and enjoy some truly fabulous food all for the ultimate objective -- feeding hungry kids.  http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/child-food-insecurity-econ-impact.aspx

Last year, the event grew out of the story "Sleeping With Bread" (see below) about how much it helped orphaned children to have a small loaf of bread to sleep with to help with their tremendous fear that they wouldn't have food the next day.  It touched my heart so deeply that, when I read the newspaper article about the extreme food insecurity issues in our own backyard, I couldn't let it go.  People (and especially children) must have good food to thrive.  I simply had to do something, so my annual truffle dinner idea was born.  To ensure our continued commitment, Truffles NC pledged to donate a percentage of our total sales for 2012 to this program and we now hope it will be an annual event for decades to come.  This problem isn't going away. 
 
Together, we can do something about it.



This Year's Fundraiser for the BackPack Program of
Second Harvest Food Bank
Join us if you can and, if you can't -- Please consider donating to the cause.  Use the link to Upcoming Events at the websitewww.TrufflesNC.com

In case you weren't with us last year, here's the story taken from the book, Sleeping With Bread

During the bombing raids of World War II, thousands of children were orphaned and left to starve.  The fortunate ones were rescued and placed in refugee camps where they received food and good care.  But many of these children who had lost so much could not sleep at night.  They feared waking up to find themselves once again homeless and without food.  Nothing seemed to reassure them.  Finally, someone hit upon the idea of giving each child a piece of bread to hold at bedtime.  Holding their bread, these children could finally sleep in peace.  All through the night the bread reminded them, “Today I ate and I will eat again tomorrow.”
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Giving Our Bread Away
This book began with the image of World War II orphan children sleeping with bread to reassure them that they would eat tomorrow as they did today.  Many of them survived the concentration camps only because other prisoners had given their own last piece of bread to these children.  Viktor Frankl wrote of how this bread brought not just survival but also hope and interior freedom:

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been few in number…but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  the last of his freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

When we sleep with bread we are empowered to choose our own way under any circumstances.  We become like the men and women in the concentration camps who could give others the bread of life they held.
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Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (New York:  Washington Square Press, 1963), 104

Taken directly from the book Sleeping with Bread, Holding What Gives You Life
By Dennis, Sheila Fabricant and Matthew Linn, Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ 1995
Think Truffles!!
Jane