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2013 Holiday Gift Guide

"Holiday Gift Guide from Simi Winery and Out of the Box Collective: Generosity is the hallmark of this special holiday gift bag put togehter by Simi Winery and Out of the Box Collective, a farm-to-table delivery service in Sonoma County, Calif. It includes jam, sauce, condiments, pickles and crackers from artisanal producers in Sonoma, along with a bottle of Simi chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, and 90 percent of the price is donated to Action Against Hunger."

U.N. Relief Official to Help Coordinate Aid Efforts

Still, Ms. Ferris and other experts said the Philippines was relatively well positioned to handle the crisis, even as it evoked images of the devastation wrought on impoverished countries by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the January 2010 Haiti earthquake.

“In the Philippines, you have a functioning government. That’s the main difference,” said Andrea Tamburini, the director of operations at Action Against Hunger, an emergency group that operates in 47 countries. “The country goes into recurrent crises. They have a much better way of coordinating.”

Dining Calendar: Treats

"Treats: Chocolate Week is being celebrated at restaurants, bakeries and stores across the city Monday through Feb. 13 with tastings and special deals. Check out the Web site for more details. Some proceeds will be donated to Action Against Hunger."

Dining Calendar: Paella Parade

"A paella cook-off, with paellas to taste on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Beekman Beer Garden at the South Street Seaport, 89 South Street (Fulton Street), will benefit Action Against Hunger and New York City College of Technology, which has a culinary program, $51.99 for one, $92.79 for two: eventbrite.com/event/4007384194<http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4007384194>."

Dining Calendar: So Very French

"Several food festivals created by groups from France are planned for late September. For the fourth year, Le Fooding, a group that takes an irreverent approach to French food and chefs, will come to New York for a series of events, from Sept. 19 to 23. The group has discovered Brooklyn and is calling this year’s program Brooklyn Fling...On Sept. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg will see five teams of chefs and food vendors prepare dishes, with Pierre Hermé making desserts. The cost is $60, $100 for V.I.P. access.

Le Fooding Storms Brooklyn

"For the fourth year running, Le Fooding, a French group that takes an irreverent approach to French food and chefs, will come to New York, for a series of events they have scheduled from Sept. 19 to 23. They’ve finally discovered Brooklyn, and are calling the program Brooklyn Fling...Twenty percent of the ticket price supports Action Against Hunger. Tickets are available from lefooding.com/evenements/2012/le-grand-fooding/new-york/ through Wednesday.

Dining Calendar: Celebrate Bastille Day

"The annual Bastille Day party sponsored by the French Institute Alliance Française, on 60th Street from Fifth to Lexington Avenues, will be on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be food and wine to sample and purchase. Another Bastille Day block party will be held on Smith Street from Bergen to Pacific Streets in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A French Restaurant Week, designed to coincide with Bastille Day, will run through Sunday, with 53 restaurants offering special menus for $17.89.

How Do You Count the World's Hungry People?

"Nyauma Nyasani, East Africa nutrition adviser for Action Against Hunger, says frequent, on-the-ground checks are far more effective at anticipating hunger problems than annual nutrition surveys.

For the past year, the aid group has been piloting a food security surveillance system in Kenya's arid northeast, based on household questionnaires conducted every three months. And in Uganda, after a similar two-year project, it is developing national guidelines to monitor food security with the health ministry.

Tickets Available for Le Fooding’s Return

"This fall, after two years of running extravagant 'urban picnics' at MoMA PS1 in Queens, with cutting-edge French and American chefs, the French gastronomic group Le Fooding will move to Manhattan and hold a music event with food and drinks, as well as a series of rotating dinners...Some proceeds will benefit the charity Action Against Hunger."

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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