Food for Thought

Although frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is a devastating disease for all whose lives it touches, it remains far too little known and poorly understood. If you would like to help to change that, AFTD’s Food for Thought campaign is for you.

Food for Thought is a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign focusing on food and FTD education. Held the last week of September through the first week of October, Food for Thought encompasses World FTD Awareness Week. During this time, people across the world “Take Time with Friends and Family. Take Action.”

$50 for 50 Challenge:

Thanks to a generous pledge by The Mike Walter Catalyst Fund, you can make your state count in a new “$50 for 50” challenge where $50 will be donated to the campaign total for every state with an event signed up or confirmed participation in Food for Thought (including the #FTDhotshotchallenge!). If all 50 states are signed up, then an additional $2,500 will be donated to the campaign total — a total of $5,000 possible!

Hungry to Make a Difference?

If you’re ready to take a bite out of FTD, we have the resources to make it happen. Simply follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way to putting your state on the Food for Thought map and aid in nationwide resolve against FTD!

Host Toolkit: first, a guide from start to finish, on how to be a successful Food for Thought host.

Contact Form: next, complete this to be connected with a trained, volunteer Food for Thought liaison for one-on-one support throughout the campaign.

Event Details Form: then, submit this once you’ve finalized your plans to request educational and awareness materials for your event.

Classy: finally, create your online fundraising page to streamline donations at your event and further spread FTD awareness.

Post Event Form: after you’ve hosted your event, fill this out by October 19th and your name will appear in our Fall 2021 Newsletter.



Public Food for Thought Events:

Host: Lynda Nagle
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/16/2021
Location: Pizzaria Uno The Crossing at Smithfield 371 Putnam Pike Suite 200, Smithfield, RI 02917
Event: Dine -In or Take-Out! Percentage of proceeds will go to AFTD.

Host: Kathy LaFone
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/26/2021
Location: Nash Street Tavern 250 South Nash Street Hillsborough, NC 27278
Event: The 4th annual TIMFEST FFT event, is an educational, emotional, tasty, and fun effort to help “put FTD on its last leg” in memory of Tim LaFone (beloved husband & father). TIMFEST 2021 will include the sharing of AFTD resources, live music by Orange County Lock Down (dancing optional), a buffet of comfort foods, story sharing about Tim, and acceptance of donations to AFTD via deposit into “Tim’s last leg” (prosthesis).

Host: Mammoth Coffee Roasting Company
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/26/2021
Location: Nationwide delivery when you place your order through:
Event: Please help us to raise money by ordering coffee online, from wherever you are in the United States! We have partnered with the Mammoth Coffee Roasting Company to support AFTD’s mission. Place an order for any great coffee product and 20% of the proceeds will be donated off your order. If you join the coffee club, you will receive a special discounted rate and AFTD will continue to receive a donation for as long as you’re a member. Simply enter ‘AFTD’ at checkout!

Host: Debra Ford
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/27/2021
Location: Joe’s Pizza 226 W Court Street Paris, IL 61944
Event: Teaming up with Joe’s pizza for a giveback night, where they will donate a portion of their proceeds to AFTD’s mission.

Host: Amy Pohl
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/27/2021
Location: Facetime, Instagram, Twitter
Event: Food for Thought Recipe contest!
During the week of September 26-October 2, put on your apron and get cooking/creating! Take a picture an appetizer, main dish, dessert, OR cocktail you create that week and post it (along with a picture of the recipe itself) on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with a few words or sentences about the recipe and why you love it (maybe it reminds you of someone, maybe it’s new and you’ve been wanting an excuse to try it, etc). Be sure to use #FoodforThoughtCO. Post as many ‘entries’ as you want! A group of thoughtful fellow AFTD supporters will vote on their favorites October 3rd-5th and winners will be announced after that! We’ll send you a cool prize if you’re a winner! We’ll be compiling ALL of the recipes that come in and you can purchase the recipe ‘book’ in October online and all proceeds will go to the AFTD.

Host: Terry Pontious
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/28/2021
Location: Facebook
Event: Facebook pampered chef and candy bar sales

Host: Fishtown Pickle Project
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/28/2021
Event: Fishtown Pickle Project will be participating by going live on Instagram to educate the public on FTD and our fundraiser for the AFTD. We will be posting educational information on social media throughout the campaign and also, hold a virtual pickling class (Date/Time:TBD). A portion of all pickle sales during the campaign will go towards our fundraiser.

Host: Jerry Horn
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/29/2021
Location: Sonny’s BBQ, 770 Schillinger Rd S, Mobile 36695
Event: A restaurant giveback event will be happening at Sonny’s BBQ. Participants may opt to dine-in, drive-thru, take out, or pick-up. Orders can be placed by phone, restaurant website, or by storefront.

Host: Amanda Hall
Email: [email protected]
Date: 9/30/2021
Location: Red Robin 1715 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Located in the Palm Bach Outlets
Event: From 5-9pm, guests can dine at Red Robin (or do carryout) and if they mention AFTD, 20% of proceeds will go to AFTD.

Host: Nicole DeLeve
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/1/2021 – 10/10/2021
Location: Kansas City and surrounding suburbs.
Event: For the Love of Everything Bakery will be hosting a cupcake fundraiser “Cupcakes for Dad” in the Kansas City and surrounding suburbs. There will be 6 different cupcakes for sale. Mix and match your favorites. All profit goes to AFTD. Cupcakes will be for sale Oct. 1st thru Oct. 10th. Check out For the Love of Everything Bakery’s Facebook page for more details: or email [email protected]

Host: Zoy Kocian
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/1/2021
Event: Zoy is remembering her mother who would’ve turned 77 this September. In memory of her mother, she is going to walk 77 miles in September. Zoy is asking my friends, family and followers to make a $20 donation in memory of her. That’s .26 cents per mile. She will conclude her 77 miles with a Food for Thought event. She will send a group of my mom’s favorite recipes to anyone who made a donation to my fundraiser during September or during my AFTD Food for Thought event, September 26 through October 10.

Host: Caregiver Solutions Info Show hosted by Marcia Teale
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/5/2021 6:00 PM EST
Event: The Caregiver Solutions show provides information, advice, and support related to caregiving and dementia. In this upcoming episode, AFTD Education Program Manager Will Reiter and Fundraising Coordinator Brittany Andrews will share information about FTD education, World FTD Awareness Week, and its corresponding fundraising campaigns, Food for Thought and the return of the #FTDhotshotchallenge. AFTD Ambassador Katie Zenger will describe her family’s journey with the disease and her desire to support AFTD’s mission through her volunteer work.

Host: Anelyssa D’Abreu
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/06/2021
Location: University of Virginia hospital cafeteria
Event: At the table, the Department of Neurology will distribute educational materials and plan to educate about FTD. They will be giving some snacks as deserts for those that come to the table.

Host: Kyle Jackson
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/07/2021
Location: Zoom
Event: Kyle is supporting AFTD’s Food for Thought Campaign by hosting a free virtual cooking class (PAPPARDELLE PASTA WITH ROSEMARY PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM SAUCE) while providing some insight into Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and what makes it so different from other more common dementias. It is completely free to tune into the class, and the goal is to help raise awareness about this disease.

Host: Marian Grems
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/11/2021
Location: Hosted over Zoom, sign up here:
Event: “Cook Along” on Zoom
When Life Gives You Lemons ~ Cook for a Cause!
-Lemon Chicken Rice Soup
-Lemon Tart or Lemon Curd
Recipe, shopping, and equipment list to be provided in advance via email.

Host: Veronica Wolfe
Email: [email protected]
Date: 10/16/2021 at 9:15 AM EST
Event:Fight FTD by donating and participating in Jersey City Pilates’ second annual fundraising class on Saturday, October 16 at 9:15am EST! This Pilates class will be 45 minutes and appropriate for all levels. In 2018, Veronica’s mom was diagnosed with FTD and has faced steady decline ever since. The proceeds of this event will help AFTD fund help and support to families, research and drug discovery, to name a few. Please note: if you choose to make your generous donation anonymous, please email Veronica at [email protected] to ensure you receive the link needed for class.