Each Thanksgiving, my family makes it a priority to have dinner together. Even when I was living abroad for my first holiday away from home, my dad booted up Skype so that I could join in the festivities virtually. For us, it’s not just the meal that’s important. It’s taking time off of work, turning off our cell phones, and coming together in one place. We start by going around the table and saying what we are most grateful for. It is never difficult to think of or name our blessings—the most obvious of which is the food in front of us. It gives us a way to celebrate while satisfying our basic human need.
At Thanksgiving, more than any other time, it’s obvious there is enough food to go around. (And around and around.) While our own family’s table bursts at the seam with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, I know there are many in my own backyard of San Francisco going to sleep hungry and cold. And the number of homeless and hungry families is only growing with unemployment at a staggering 9.1 percent. That’s nearly 14 million Americans.
This Thanksgiving season, my appeal is simple. Fill someone else’s belly.
- Give – Donate to organizations that feed the hungry every day.
- Bay Area Rescue Mission: $26 = provides food and care for 13 people
- Share Our Strength: $35 = feed a child 3 meals a day for over a month.
- World Vision International: $60 = plants ten fruit trees for an impoverished family providing fresh food and a source of revenue
However you choose to contribute, make it last. Volunteer throughout the year or consider making your donation monthly recurring. In these tough times, it’s no secret that hunger is an everyday problem for many.
– Michelle Koffler, Marketing Coordinator