When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me, “finish your dinner; there are starving kids in Africa.” OK, first of all, I had no clue where Africa was. And even if I did, I was pretty sure kids there weren’t going to want my over-cooked vegetables either. But I guess her point eventually did sink in: we’re lucky to have food on our plate, because not everyone does.
Of course, I now know that hunger exists everywhere, including in our own cities, towns and neighborhoods. It seems like the harsh reality of this need becomes even more apparent this time of year, since holiday meals are traditionally characterized by abundance.
In this tough economy, more families are at risk for hunger. At the same time, food and monetary donations are way down. Local food banks are in a tough spot. Fortunately, there are a lot of things we can do to help. Volunteer, donate, host a local food drive (although make sure to check with your local food bank to see what shelf-stable products are best to collect).
We’re trying to do our part, too, by launching our first-ever #Tweet2Feed campaign to support food banks in our market area. By participating, you can help to donate up to 15 meals for families and individuals in need simply by using your Twitter account!
From November 15 through December 31:
- Follow us on Twitter and we’ll automatically pledge 10 meals to local food banks.
- Retweet one of our #Tweet2Feed tweets during the campaign, and we’ll pledge 5 meals.
More information, including an easy way to find your local food bank, can be found on our Website at susquehanna.net/tweet2feed. If you’re on Twitter, please follow us and retweet! If you’re not on Twitter, please share this page with someone who is, so they can help us reach our goal of donating 150,000 meals.
I hope you have much to be thankful for this holiday season. I know I do. And when I sit down to enjoy a holiday meal with my family, I’ll try to remind myself to count my blessings and be grateful for every bite of food on my plate…even the over-cooked vegetables.