Food on the Table

I’ll be spending this Thursday with my family, stuffing ourselves with all of the traditional holiday fair. I’m incredibly thankful that I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from but according to a new report from the USDA, 1 in 6 Americans suffer from food insecurity. And, 1 in 4 children is food insecure. You can check out the full USDA report here.

With this in mind, Mark and I put together this box last week:

It was filled with all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – mashed potatoes, veggies, stuffing, gravy – even a pumpkin pie kit. And we topped it off with a gift card to a local supermarket so the family that receives it can buy a turkey or some fresh produce for their Thanksgiving meal.

The box went to a local non-profit that is distributing them to families in need this week.

We also helped out the local Boy Scouts with their “Scouting for Food” program. Last weekend, they dropped off a bag for us to fill. We added a few cans of vegetables and some pasta to our grocery cart last week and Kali helped me package it up for the boys to pick up.

We’ve also seen donation boxes at church, the library and the supermarket. The opportunity to help out those who are food insecure are all around you. While you’re planning and shopping for your own Thanksgiving meal this week, I encourage you to add one small item to your list and donate to a local food bank – it really does make a difference.

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