Ever feel the disconnect between buying your groceries for the Thanksgiving meal, then dropping some loose change into the kettle for the needy?
Lots for my family, but leftovers for those who are hungry
That seems to be the message.
Those of us who are prospering are doing well, but lots of neighbors and elders struggle mightily. Food insecurity is everywhere.
Even before the pandemic, one in six Americans goes hungry. The average Social Security check is less than $1300 a month, for instance. Families with children struggle even more than elders.
This year, need is everywhere.
So, I write a check to my local food bank equal to my spending on my family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
I challenge you to do the same.
It’s one day and one check. But for that day, there can be parity between what we give ourselves and what we give others.
It is inexcusable and callous that there are hungry kids around us. Your loose change isn’t going to make much of a dent.
Take up the challenge and give more than thanks at Thanksgiving. Give dollar for dollar.
Then let’s devote ourselves to implementing solutions to pervasive hunger in a country so rich.