Chefs 4 Futures for Children: A National Campaign

Futures for Children launches its inaugural national campaign for Chefs 4 Futures for Children on October 15 and 16, 2011. The United Nations designated October 16 as World Food Day, and restaurants across the country are participating in Chefs 4 Futures for Children.

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Harlan McKosato (Sac & Fox), host and producer of Native America Calling said, 'Futures for Children is doing the kind of work that all people can get behind and support.'

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) October 15, 2011

Futures for Children launches its inaugural national campaign for Chefs 4 Futures for Children on October 15 and 16, 2011. The United Nations designated October 16 as World Food Day, and restaurants across the country are participating in Chefs 4 Futures for Children.

According to a Time magazine article (12/10/02), there is a big myth that all American Indian tribes have casinos. There are 568 federally recognized tribes in the U.S. and 187 have gaming. Out of the 187, 24 make 66% of the all the profit. The truth is that gaming has failed to raise most Native Americans out of poverty.

The reality is that most of the American Indian people in this country are dealing with poverty. Poverty is the reality for most of the communities served by Futures for Children. The Futures for Children family is inspired by the American Indian young people who face poverty yet look beyond their adversity, and still believe in their ability to improve life for themselves, their families and communities.

We are grateful to the following participating restaurants that are making a difference for our kids during this upcoming weekend in honor of World Food Day:
The Barking Frog & The Reserve Room, Sedona AZ
Café Amrita, New York, NY
Café Café, Santa Fe, NM
Cowboy Club & The Silver Saddle, Sedona, AZ
Cucina Rustica, Sedona, AZ
The County Line, Albuquerque, NM
The County Line/The State Line, El Paso, TX
Dahl & Di Luca, Sedona, AZ
Dish, La Canada, CA
Epazote, Santa Fe, NM
Galisteo Bistro, Santa Fe, NM
Mykonos Café and Taverna, Albuquerque, NM
Pera, San Francisco, CA
Starbucks, Albuquerque, NM
Tokyo Kitchen, Albuquerque, NM
Trioa’s Pizza Pasta Amore, Sedona, AZ
Tii Gava and Yavapai Restaurant at the Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ

Since 1968, Futures for Children has had a three-pronged approach to self-sufficiency that includes Youth Leadership, Mentorship/Friendship and Families in Action in Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo and Mescalero Apache communities in Arizona and New Mexico. Futures for Children’s self-help philosophy goes right to the heart of efforts by American Indian people to empower themselves through education and turn back the results of centuries of oppression.

Sherry Wilson (Dine/Maricopa), co-owner of Pera Restaurant and a former Futures for Children mentored student, recently became a mentor herself. Sherry said “Futures For Children brings the mentee and mentor together using a side-by-side approach along with parents, teachers, and the greater community. Pera is honored to be a part of this organic network investing in American Indian children right now.”

Harlan McKosato (Sac & Fox), host and producer of Native America Calling said, "Futures for Children is doing the kind of work that all people can get behind and support. As UN World Food Day approaches, this is another way to show that we are a society of people who care. I encourage all of you to get involved and enjoy a nice meal at one of the participating restaurants during Chefs 4 Futures for Children."

For additional information about Chefs 4 Futures for Children: A National Campaign, our programs or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Inky Kim, Vice President of Development, at kimi(at)futuresforchildren(dot)org.

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