Newsmakers: Julie Clarke White ’56

Julie Clarke White '56Cookbooks typically come with great recipes. But Julie Clarke White ’56 has put together the right ingredients to offer more than just interesting meals to prepare. She has found a way to help feed needy children. A resident of Savannah, Ga., White is active with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, which sponsors a well-known antiques show and sale each year. Not only is the event a successful fundraiser for area charities, but it has also established St. Peter’s as a community of excellent cooks known for using food as part of their ministry. When White and two friends (both professional chefs) were responsible for providing food for the antiques event, they had the idea: why not put together a cookbook for additional fundraising? “We had an ideal recipient for the proceeds—Kids Café, which provides meals and mentoring to almost 3,000 children in need each day,” says White. “And my twin sister, Ruth Clarke Wendel ’56, suggested the title: Manna From Savannah.” This wasn’t your typical cookbook fundraiser. The group devised a rating system for the nearly 1,000 recipes submitted, and many volunteers—led by White and her co-chair—helped along the way with tasting and testing parties that built fellowship and enthusiasm for the project. The result: a beautifully produced and illustrated cookbook that has raised more than $35,000 for Kids Café. “It is achingly tragic that there are so many children in need in this relatively small community, but it was a truly wonderful feeling to support the superb people who run Kids Café and the children who benefit from it.” To order a copy of the cookbook, e-mail White at

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