Largest Online Food Community Harnesses Power of Social Media to Support Relief Efforts
As the Gulf Coast struggles to recover from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, Foodbuzz, the online food community, is calling on food bloggers across the country to cook up a Gulf Coast-inspired meal on July 24th -- and blog about it -- all in support of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), which has been playing a key role in relief efforts in the wake of the tragic oil spill.
Each month, Foodbuzz' 24x24 section of the website showcases blog posts from 24 Foodbuzz Featured Publisher bloggers from around the world about meals they've prepared within one 24-hour period. This month, Foodbuzz has chosen 24 bloggers from around the country to serve as "Gulf Ambassadors" and host a Gulf Coast-inspired meal on Saturday, July 24th. A donation of $250 in the name of each of the bloggers will be donated to the GNOF, for an initial contribution of $6,000. Some of the participating bloggers from around the country include:
Passionate Eater - San Francisco
Cooking with Christen - Louisiana
Fresh Local and Best - New York City
SheSimmers - Chicago
Le Grand Fromage - Florida
Don't (White) Sugar Coat It - Boston
Four Points Foodie - Austin
Wannabe TV Chef - Alabama
First, Make a Roux! - San Diego
For additional food bloggers -- up to 100 -- who would like to participate in the program by hosting their own Gulf Coast-inspired meal, Foodbuzz will also donate $25 in their name to the GNOF. Posts can be submitted to Foodbuzz on July 25th at email@example.com.
The GNOF will give 100 percent of the proceeds to the fishermen and their families affected by the spill in the following parishes: Plaquemines, St. Bernard, lower Jefferson, Terrebonne, and Lafourche. The blog posts will be aggregated on Foodbuzz' 24x24 section and featured for one month.
"With food being such an integral part of the culture and traditions of the Gulf Coast region, we saw an opportunity to harness the power of social media to support the critical relief efforts underway and, at the same time, draw attention to and celebrate the cuisine that makes this area such a unique part of our country," said Ben Dehan, CEO of Foodbuzz and a native of Louisiana.
"As the world watches our nation's worst environmental disaster unfold, we are grateful to the donors who are responding with contributions to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund," said Albert Ruesga, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
For more information on the "Gulf Ambassador" program visit https://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/2431583-foodbuzz-24x24-gulf-ambassador-event.
San Francisco-based Foodbuzz provides a social media platform for food enthusiasts around the world to interact and share their food experiences. Foodbuzz reaches 10 million people each month, according to Quantcast, and provides a dedicated food social media outlet for brands looking to execute measurable engagement campaigns online. By uniquely focusing on the "long tail" of online food publishing, Foodbuzz has created a platform for growing its 4,000 exclusive food blog partners, an environment for capturing an engaged food audience, and a comprehensive marketing solution for brands looking to tap that audience.