Friday, October 5, 2012

Sharing the Bounty

This weekend is Thanksgiving.  We will be having the family over for a big dinner.  We are blessed to be able to celebrate together without worrying where our next meal will come from.  It is one of the things I am truly thankful for.

Image: "Thankful Heart" by Morgan Weistling

I cannot imagine the feeling of not knowing how I am going to feed my family. Did you know that close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks each month?!?

I want my kids to understand that others are not as fortunate as we are but that we can do our part to ensure others don't go hungry.  That is why we made a trip to our local grocery store with some of their hard-saved money and of course a bit of ours.  We went to purchase food to donate through their school food drive.

It would have been easy for me to go on my own while they were at school but I wanted them to be involved in the choosing of groceries, seeing how far their money would go and to feel a sense of connection to their donation.  It was a fun experience. 

We went armed with this list that I had printed off from the Daily Bread Food Bank's website.  It is their most needed food items list.

  • Baby formula & food
  • Beans & lentils
  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Canned fish & meat
  • Cans of soup or hearty stew
  • Dried pasta & tomato sauce
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Canned, powdered or Tetra Pak cartons of milk

  • This holiday weekend is sees an increase in food bank requests.  The Daily Bread Food Bank is currently running their Thanksgiving Food Drive but all food banks are grateful for donations throughout the year as their work is never finished.  If you can, take a moment to go through your pantry or add a few extra items to your grocery cart.  Most grocery stores have a collection box that you can drop your donation into.

    If you don't have food or money to spare, there is still an easy way to help out. There is a national program called "Say No to Hunger".  If you visit their website and fill out a pledge form, the Investor's group will donate $1 to Food Banks Canada up to a maximum of $25,000.  It doesn't get easier than that.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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