The potential of a child inspires movies, music, and change. Imagine that potential not being realized due to a fundamental need. Share Our Strength’s mission is to solve that, to end childhood hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Since the launch of their No Kid Hungry campaign they have provided 775 million meals and their Cooking Matters initiative has helped 464,000 families learn to shop and cook healthier. Continuing our support of their No Kid Hungry campaign we attended Cookies & Cocoa, a fun afternoon of holiday magic, the spirit of giving and a culinary VIP experience.

In addition to enjoying cookies and cocoa, the kids had the gracious opportunity of learning first hand from DC area Executive chefs. From Jarrad Silver, Executive Chef at Birch & Barley, we learned how to braid Challah bread. We decorated cupcakes under the tutelage of Chef and Owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, Tiffany MacIssac. And we learned how to shape orecchiette with Lincoln Fuge, Executive Chef at DC’s Present Company.

Each time we give our minds grow a little bit wider, our hearts a little bit bigger and our desire to make change a little bit deeper.