What Is UP With That Quaker Guy?

Soooo, maybe you’ve noticed some recent photos of bloggers holding a paper cutout of the Quaker dude. This might seem a little strange (um, yes), so here’s the situation. Quaker has challenged 25 bloggers to get as many people as possible to post pictures of themselves with the Quaker Oats Man on Quaker’s Facebook page to help fuel their Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry Program.

Like so:


Now friends, I enjoy a little challenge now and again, especially when it involves $5,000 being donated to the hunger charity of MY CHOICE. (Of course, I have to actually WIN first.) Although, just by participating in this challenge, Quaker is donating a case of oatmeal to my local food bank, the Orange County Food Bank. It’s basically a win-win, but NOT REALLY BECAUSE I WANT TO WIN THE WHOLE THING. (For the children, of course!)

Do you want to help me? It would totally distract me from this whole shopping hiatus thing. (12 days and counting! Holla!)

You will? Okay, here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit Start with Substance to get to Quaker’s Facebook page and become a fan. (Yes, you need to have a Facebook page to participate.) Don’t forget to read the official rules!

2. Once you are on the Facebook page, download a picture of the Quaker Man, print it out, and take a picture of yourself and/or your family with it in your home. (PG rated, please. I don’t need to see any oatmeal-type action shots. Ewww.)

3. Upload your picture to the fan photo page and leave a comment here with the link to your picture. (You must leave a comment here to help me win. Am I losing you? If so, just email me.)

4. Pictures and links must be posted in the next 24 hours. Dude, that means we have until 9 AM CST tomorrow (Friday the 23rd). OMG, HURRY.

If I win the challenge, Quaker will donate $5,000 to The Children’s Hunger Fund. Since 1991, Children’s Hunger Fund has distributed more than $500 million in aid to 70 countries worldwide. (They feed nearly 30,000 people every week!) If you would like to see how this charity compares to others, click here.

So, what do you say? Let me see your lovely (partially-covered, if you feel the need) faces!

  1. Becky

    January 22, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Can we post the link to more than one of blogger? I don’t want to have to choose!

    (I also don’t want to read the official rules right now. I’m sure my answer is in there, but I’m hoping you just know the answer.)

    I think so…I just read the rules and it doesn’t mention anything about it. I do know that you can only post one comment per BLOG. Go for it.

  2. Abigail M. Schilling

    January 22, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Another question: can I only take one picture for you.. or could Quaker dude pose with everyone I know?

    Can I drink my half-cup of coffee before tackling this question? I’m on PST, you know. ;)

    (I’ll find out and email you. In the meantime, get your photo up, missy!!!)

  3. Najia

    January 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Okay, I’m going to get Quaker oated.

    Wish I had something deeper to say – but is it just me or do you look totally Tina Feyish in that pic? Is that really you!?!

    It’s really me! Taken yesterday in my living room.

  4. Anonymous New York

    January 22, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I don’t have a facebook account, but I hope you WIN IT ALL. For the children, of course.

    Commenting because every time I see a wee bit of your home I drool.

  5. Jennifer

    January 25, 2009 at 7:17 pm


  6. Erin

    January 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    You look like Tina Fey in your Quaker photo… you’re nearly as funny too! Keep the funny coming!

  7. Erin

    January 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Oops, Jennifer beat me to it.