TASTE OF THE NFL, a 501c3 organization, today announced the launch the national Kick Hunger Challenge®, an annual fundraising campaign that pits fans from all 32 NFL markets against each other for a friendly competition to raise money for food banks nationwide. The season-long fundraiser kicks off as part of September’s Hunger Action Month and culminates at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose® held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale.
Fans are encouraged to support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by donating to their favorite NFL team’s fundraising page online at kickhungerchallenge.com. One hundred percent of donations made to a team’s individual page will be distributed to the team’s local food bank partner.
As part of the organization’s commitment to rallying the country’s top chefs to raise awareness and money, TASTE OF THE NFL has appointed Andrew Zimmern as this year’s national culinary host for its Party with a Purpose®. Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, will lead the charge along side national celebrity spokesperson, Alyssa Milano.
“With millions of people in America struggling with hunger, the need to do more is greater than ever,” said Zimmern. “I am honored to support Taste of the NFL’s efforts as culinary host and one of many of this country’s top chefs and NFL players that are raising money and awareness in support of food banks throughout the United States.”
This year’s star-studded Party with a Purpose® fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, including Arizona Cardinals Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger. Tickets for Party with a Purpose® are on sale now and can be purchased at www.tasteofthenfl.com.
Taste of the NFL’s 24th Anniversary partners that have lent an effort to Kick Hunger include: E&J Gallo Winery, American Family Insurance, Low T Centers and TNFL’s newest partner, Arizona-based Avnet.
ABOUT TASTE OF THE NFL
Since 1992, the Taste of the NFL (a 501c3 organization) has rallied the country's top chefs and the NFL's greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. To date, Taste of The NFL’s programs and events have raised $22 million dollars to help feed the 37 million Americans, (many of them children and seniors), who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. The season long efforts culminate each year with the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®. Held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Scottsdale, this year’s star-studded fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger. Learn more about the Kick Hunger Challenge at www.TasteoftheNFL.com.
ABOUT KICK HUNGER CHALLENGE
The Kick Hunger Challenge is an online-only fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL, (www.TasteoftheNFL.com). This friendly “competition” pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other to raise money for food banks in NFL communities nationwide. Throughout the 2014-15 football season, fans will have the opportunity to support one of the 32 NFL teams and directly impact the donation of thousands of meals to food banks in their team’s community.
ABOUT ANDREW ZIMMERN
Andrew Zimmern is a three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher and is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, host and executive producer of Travel Channel's hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir. He is a contributing editor at Food & Wine magazine, an award-winning monthly columnist at Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine and a senior editor at Delta Sky magazine. Andrew is also the author of Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird Wild & Wonderful Foods (Feiwel & Friends), as well as The Bizarre Truth and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food, both published by Broadway Books/Random. More at www.andrewzimmern.com.
ABOUT ALYSSA MILANO
Actress Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film. She can currently be seen on Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” hosting the show alongside returning judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman. Alyssa most recently starred in the ABC series, “Mistresses.” Alyssa also has her own clothing, jewelry and eyewear line, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano. Launched in the Spring of 2007, TOUCH was born out of necessity as she felt women should be able to look stylish while cheering on their favorite team. TOUCH features designs for MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Major League Soccer, Minor League Baseball, The Kentucky Derby and most recently, NASCAR. More at www.Alyssa.com.