I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, which I’ll spend at home cooking with my husband for our family and a few good friends. There is so much to be thankful for this time of year, including the lavish meal we will prepare for loved ones.
In my minds-eye, the table is festively set. Family and friends gathered around the table for shared laughter and coveted food dishes. But while I think of planning a special meal, one of my favorite meals of the year, I am humbled by the fact that I know many have little or nothing to eat. That thought echoes like a thud in my heart.
No matter how many cans of pantry food I purchase and donate, in hopes of somehow feeding others, I just can’t imagine what life would be like if we nothing to share. Struggling families cannot afford the holiday traditions that so many of us take for granted, like a holiday meal. For me this is a deep sadness.
If you regularly read my blog you know that I don’t soap box about causes that I support – aside from this cause. To me, this is a day to reflect on all we have and to find a way to give and allow others to have and enjoy what I hold so near and dear to my life — The celebration of life through food.
$49 is the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal. It costs about $2.30 to serve a plate piled high with meat, vegetables, bread, fruit and other nutritious items. I believe I can make a difference. I believe that together we can make a difference. As hunger fades, hearts and minds are opened to possibilities for a different tomorrow.
With the simple click of your mouse, you can be a part of the solution to end childhood hunger and connect hungry children with the food they need to grow, learn and thrive. By making a donation to the No Kid Hungry Thanksgiving campaign today the situation for many can instantly change, not only on this holiday, but for good!
Thank you for reading and wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!