As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to comment on some news I read earlier today in the New York Times. About one out of seven Americans are now wondering if they’ll have enough to eat at their next meal. This is the highest percentage since the federal government started tracking the trend fourteen years ago, and it mirrors the total rate of underemployed and unemployed (now at 17.5%). Suddenly I am ashamed about feeling churlish over having to process the last couple of bushels of sweet and hot peppers that I picked today ahead of an anticipated freeze. We are grateful that we have enough, but these sobering statistics remind me even more how much we need to share our harvest. Our rural location prevents us from dropping of our bounty directly to soup kitchens, but I can still give cash to the food bank, using money that I saved from home growing. Please, if you have enough to eat each day, plan on giving regularly to food banks and soup kitchens. We are our brother’s keepers.
How are you sharing your bounty during these difficult times?