Giving up Food Waste for Lent

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Giving up Food Waste for Lent

by Leanne Mazurik, Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator at AmpleHarvest.org
Leanne Mazurick, Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator at AmpleHarvest.org

Leanne Mazurick, Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator at AmpleHarvest.org

We’re two weeks into the season of Lent – A time of introspection, prayer and fasting for Christians. During this time, many people choose to “give-up” something for Lent like sweets, a favorite food or drink, etc. I always struggle with the idea of “giving-up” something for Lent. To me, it seems insignificant when I use this time for personal reflection and contemplation – I always think, “I should/could do more than not eat chocolate for 40 days!”

However, this year I’ve come to embrace the idea of “giving something up” and I hope whatever your religious beliefs are, you’ll join me and “give something up” too – not only during this time of year, but throughout the entire year. I’m talking about giving up wasting food! According to Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, American’s waste enough food to fill the 90,000 seat Rose Bowl Stadium every day! That’s an incredible amount of food being wasted each day. And with 1 in 6 American’s living in food insecure situations, it’s hard to wrap your mind around why all that food is ending up in a landfill. Much of this wasted food is still consumable – think produce nearing the end of its shelf life that is still perfectly fine to eat, misshapen fruits and vegetables that don’t meet our “standards” for what produce should look like that never makes it to the grocery store, and perfectly good items that have confusing “sell by/use by” dates that get tossed, but don’t necessarily mean the food is spoiled.

shutterstock_174892865Even though it’s daunting to think about so much food going to waste, we can individually and collectively make simple changes in our lives that would reduce the amount of food that gets wasted. Simple things like meal planning, creatively using leftovers, checking the back of your fridge for items that might go unnoticed or unused and moving them to the front so they don’t get forgotten about and of course, if you have an abundance of food that you can’t use in time – find a nearby food pantry that would be more than happy to share your abundance with those in need. www.AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry  Our friends at Sustainable America just put out these great tips and we also have our own Top 5 Tips for Reducing Food Waste at Home that can be wonderful resources if you’re looking for more ways to “give-up” wasting food.

Other than during Lent, you don’t hear much about “giving up” on anything in our society, but one thing is for sure – giving up on throwing out perfectly good food is the kind of “giving up” I can get behind…not just during Lent, but throughout the entire year!

Black History Month 2015

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Gary Oppenheimer is the Founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvestorg

Gary Oppenheimer is the Founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvestorg

Black History Month Becomes Personal
by Gary Oppenheimer

I’m a child of the 60’s. The Vietnam War, women’s rights, civil rights, hippies, rock and roll – the list goes on and on.

In my family, my mother actively worked with the Yonkers Fair Housing committee to help assure that African American families seeking housing were not subject to discrimination by landlords wanting only “the right” people. The country struggled with moving away from what America had (at times reluctantly) offered to what America had promised. For some, that struggle continues.

As part of this transition, our school curriculum was expanded to include studies on African American history and out of that came my fascination with George Washington Carver – a man born a slave approximately 87 years before I was born (his exact birth year is not clear) and ending up with a Master’s Degree at Iowa State University. He subsequently led the agriculture department at the Tuskegee Institute from where he help to revive and revolutionize cotton, peanut, soy and sweet potato farming.

george_washington_carverHis life story is incredible and truly inspirational, but one thing about his story that has really impressed me is what he saw in the lowly peanut.

At that time, most people thought about peanuts as a snack food, a key ingredient of making peanut butter, something to feed to animals at the zoo, maybe something to throw at that girl with the long pigtails to get her attention (there are of course much better ways of doing that) or simply something that helps to fix nitrogen to the soil.

George Washington Carver looked at this same peanut (along with soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes that he also studied) but started thinking outside of the box and saw opportunity that others never bothered to look for.

Carver found 300 ways (click on the link – it’s worth the read) to use the peanut. To him, it was a tiny collection of ingredients needed to make things – some of which became critical to our war effort in World War II – like adhesives, bleach, instant coffee (ok… everyone has a bad idea from time to time), shaving cream, paint and stains, bio fuel, and a lot more.

The man who was born into slavery ultimately revived a failing segment of America’s cotton growing industry, helped our war effort, and inspired one child of the 60’s to think outside of the box.

GEORGE_WASHINGTON_CARVER_-_ONE_OF_AMERICA'S_GREAT_SCIENTISTS_-_NARA_-_535694It is not often that you get to “touch” a childhood hero, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen to me in April. I have been invited to speak at Tuskegee University at the “George Washington Carver Lecture Series” because “…with the global food demands on the rise, it will take everyone to ensure that there is ‘enough’ … [and] thinking … outside of the box, such as you have done, to adequately address this issue.”

While I have quite a few speaking engagements this year around the country, none of them will be quite as exciting on a personal level as this one will be. February is Black History Month and I hope that the story of George Washington Carver will inspire you, as it does me, to think outside of the box to find ways to make our world a better one–to look for solutions to our world’s biggest problems in even the smallest of places (or peanuts). 

Volunteers In Action

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Volunteers in Action

          With more than 7,150 pantries registered on AmpleHarvest.org, we know there are a lot of dedicated men and women who donate their time to assist in the daily operations of food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other non-profit agencies, across the United States.                           For this blog post, we are highlighting Rebecca Taylor, a recent college graduate from King’s College, PA, who is in the midst of a yearlong service commitment at Andre House – a homeless shelter in Phoenix, Arizona. Andre House is registered on AmpleHarvest.org and we thought it would be great to hear from a volunteer who is working on the front lines each day to help those in need. (If you would like to recommend a volunteer or someone we should spotlight for our next Volunteers in Action blog post, please email me at: Leanne@AmpleHarvest.org)   Below are some questions we asked Becca about her experience at Andre House.

Andre House is registered on AmpleHarvest.org – can you tell us about Andre House, who/how many people you serve and the services provided by Andre House in the Phoenix area?

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Rebecca Taylor, a recent college graduate from King’s College, PA, who is in the midst of a yearlong service commitment at Andre House – a homeless shelter in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Andre House is a house of hospitality for the poor and homeless in central Phoenix. As a house of hospitality, we have an open door policy in which we provide people with the basic needs one would have in a home. Our hospitality services include the clothing closet, laundry, showers, office, lockers, boot vouchers, and the soup line.

To be a little more descriptive, we see around 150 people through the clothes closet each week, in which we provide clothing for the guests, at their own will, free of charge. We provide showers and toiletries to our guests 5 days a week. In the office, we hand out basic first-aid, toiletries, vitamins, etc. Guests can also make phones calls and send out mail. Our most known service is the soup line. Andre House serves dinner 6 nights a week, serving approximately 550-650 meals each night.

How did you find out about Andre House? What guided your decision to volunteer for a year at Andre House?

I found Andre House through the service learning department, The Shoval Center for Community Engagement and Learning, at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I came to Andre House last January on a WinterSERVE trip, a week-long alternative break trip which emerges students in social justice, service, community, and culture.

A major factor in my decision to come to Andre house was the community. I was graduating college and was trying to figure out what was next for me. I was looking to apply all that I had learned in school and to go out and find a place for myself where I could work towards the common good, which means first finding a loving, intentional community. I found that at Andre House.

St Andre ShelfBefore you even get your hands dirty, just talking to the dedicated volunteers who have helped out Andre House for so many years makes you fall in love with the place. Another bid to community is going back after dinner and sitting around a table together, eating the meal we served.

Another part is being so connected to humanity. You no longer see someone as “homeless” and with all the barriers and generalizations that entails, but rather you see someone as the person they are, a person that needs some help.

 

 

Let’s talk nutrition – do you get a lot of fresh produce donations? How have you witnessed the impacts of nutrition (or lack of nutrition) with the folks you assist? Do you think access to fresh produce makes a difference to those who rely on food assistance?

Nutrition! This is a big deal to me. I will start by explaining the meal set up at Andre House. Most of our produce and dairy comes from St. Mary’s Food Bank. Monday-Friday, first thing we do in the morning is go to the food bank and pick-up anywhere from 500-1,000+ pounds of produce, dairy and bread. The food bank is hit or miss. I would say usually it is good, occasionally exceptional, meaning there are some really nice surprises, such vegetables and fruit that have not already started to turn and occasionally there are some organic choices. Not having to dig through slimy lettuce, especially enough containers to get enough for 500+ meals, is always a treat.

I would say there is a good variety, for the most part, but it is more about salvaging what is there. We have a salad and desert, which is usually fruit or yogurt. We do find some organic produce, organic eggs and milks which is always nice. That said, I am so thankful for Saint Mary’s. I also like that we are using food that would otherwise go to waste.St. Andre warehouse

A lot of the donations we see are usually get are dry goods, canned food, and a LOT of deserts. We do get some healthier grains, and organic products, but I would say a majority seems to be canned foods, and quick and easy carbs. As I sort through our food to give to other organizations for food boxes, it seems to be all food I would never eat. A lot of Ramen noodles and instant noodle meals and other processed foods that I would never put in my body, and I wish it weren’t that way. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for donations! I think we could do a better job at educating people about donating food. I know when we would have can drives at school when I was younger, I would usually root through the cupboards and grab soup that didn’t appeal to me, not much thought other than that, but now that I am on the other end of that operation, I find myself getting a little frustrated at what we are giving to families that need food assistance.

Managing my diet has been of my biggest struggles while I have been here. When you are eating what’s available, you realize what’s available is not very healthy, at least by my standards, especially for the poor and homeless. The challenge is finding food high in calories that is healthy, and non-perishable. I think our meals at Andre House are exceptional. We always have a fruit and vegetable, and we prepare all of our food ourselves, but we only are able to serve dinner.

Is there a fresh fruit or vegetable item that is most requested or needed for your food pantry?

I would say squash and tomato and peppers are staples at Andre House. We makes sure we always have potatoes, onions, carrots and celery. I would always welcome more fresh produce. When we get enough, usually 50-100+ pounds depending on what it is, we can serve a vegetable side dish which is always nice.Having the ability to have a garden and (2)

What would you say are the most common misconceptions about people who find themselves in a situation where they need food assistance?

            One misconception I hear time after time would be that people remain in poverty in order to receive free government assistance. Another gripe I hear is that people receiving food assistance should only be able to buy certain foods, mainly generic brands. Why can’t they buy organic? There are a lot of reasons people are on food assistance and this is my opinion, but regardless the circumstance, no one wants to have to rely on someone else for food.

What would you like to say to gardeners who have an abundance in their garden but aren’t sure if their donations would make a difference?

Having the ability to have a garden and grow your own food is a gift, but it is an even greater gift when you can share your bounty with others. Too me, it is just like cooking. I always enjoy cooking for people more than myself and I think the same about providing the others with nourishment, especially too those in need. No matter what the size, anything can make a difference. One apple or cucumber, or whatever it may be, is healthy nutrients that will only help someone. Whether it’s one person you can assist or 100, the size doesn’t matter, it’s that one apple that can help someone, and maybe even give them the energy to help others.

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We would like to thank everyone who volunteers their time and energy at local food pantries in communities across the United States. If you’d like to volunteer your time by assisting AmpleHarvest.org and our mission to connect gardeners who have excess produce to share with local food pantries, please following this link to find out how: www.AmpleHarvest.org/local

And finally, we often talk about food pantries on AmpleHarvest.org, but any agency that falls under these three categories can register on our site so gardeners with excess produce can connect with them.

  1. The agency is a non-profit
  2. The agency distributes food for free to those in need in their community
  3. The agency is located in the United States

Agencies meeting these requirements, can register for free here: www.AmpleHarvest.org/register or a faxable form can be requested by emailing Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator: Leanne@AmpleHarvest.org

 

 

 

Humus and Pimento Cheese – TN Master Gardener Training

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Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 3.44.17 PMWhat do we want? PORE SPACE?  How do we get it? HUMUS!

This, I’m sure, is the official cheer for Master Gardeners. We had a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time during the third Tennessee Master Gardener training class–which was all about soil and plant nutrition. Last week we had a great speaker on landscape design and, as you can imagine, there were lots of lovely pictures to ooh and ahh over. So, when I sat down to do my homework for this week about dirt, I was a little worried that the honeymoon was over and it was time for the really boring classes to start. I’m not a scientist and I literally cannot remember a single thing from high school biology. Reading about minerals and soil amendments and the science of decomposition was proving to be a bit of a challenge (it probably didn’t help that my “reading partner” was drooling all over the pages). I was starting to think that this was going to be too hard.

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Here’s my reading partner. She’s really into dirt right now too.

I was wrong. Soil is awesome and SO not boring.  Our instructor this week will go down in history for being the first person to make dirt interesting and will forever be credited with crafting our official MG cheer. It’s all about pore space, y’all. Get that organic matter decomposed (humus), feed those micro-organisms, and BAM you’ve got pore space in your soil to hold the water, air and nutrients your plants need to grow. Okay, it’s not exactly that simple or the class would have been 5 minutes instead of three hours, but you get the idea.

So far I’ve come away from every class feeling like I’ve learned a LOT of really helpful information, and with the desire to keep learning more!  It was a really great decision to start the journey to becoming a Master Gardener in Tennessee. You know what else is awesome about training to become an MG in Tennessee? Someone always brings a tub of killer pimento cheese for snack time. Oh, and donuts…lots of donuts.

What do we want? PORE SPACE (and pimento cheese)! How do we get it? HUMUS (and show up next week because that’s just how we roll here)!

This is the second post in a series on becoming a Master Gardener, by AmpleHarvest.org’s Grower Outreach Coordinator, Emily Fulmer. Read the first post here.

TN Extension Master Gardener in Training

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TN Extension Master Gardener in Training

by Emily Fulmer, Grower Outreach Coordinator at AmpleHarvest.org

Jack (or Jane, really) of all trades, master of none. That’s how I’ve often described myself. I grow a vegetable garden, I keep some chickens, I play musical instruments, I’m raising a couple of kids, I can check the oil and change the tires on my car, but I would never claim to be an expert in any of these areas. Most of the time I feel like I’m just trying to make sure everyone survives the day.

IMG_6486In the coming year, I hope to change that to Jane of all trades–master of ONE. I’ve just embarked on the journey to becoming coming a Master Gardener! (Not sure what a Master Gardener is? Read my earlier post about it here). I went to my first class yesterday at the Shelby County, Tennessee Agricultural Extension office with about 60 other eager “wannabe” MGs. Each was handed a green tote bag with the Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook–or as I think I’m going to call it the TN gardening bible.  This thing is HUGE, and as we each stood up to introduce ourselves to the class, it was all I could do to keep myself from cracking it open to start reading.

IMG_6497The introductions, though they took a long time, were pretty incredible. Most of my classmates are retired or almost retired, and I’m pretty sure my kids are younger than all of their grandkids…but no one tried to pinch my cheeks or anything. What struck me was how many of them said they grew up on a farm or came from a long line of farmers–despite that, they still couldn’t figure out why their tomato plants were dying. That made me feel a lot less insecure about my MANY garden failings.

It’s not going to be easy to finish this–14 classes spread over as many weeks, 40 volunteer hours, 8 continuing education units, homework and tests–but I think it’s so worth it.  I’ll be learning so much, I’ll be meeting so many people, and I’ll be volunteering at gardens across the county to earn this title of Master Gardener. Like most things, I’m sure I’ll find that the more I know, the more I’ll realize all that I don’t know.  Perhaps that’s the true meaning of “Master”–to realize that the depth of knowledge is endless and so the quest for knowledge continues.  I’ll be posting regularly about my journey and I hope you’ll join me.

Take Action to End Hunger and Wasted Food with AmpleHarvest.org

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Take Action to End Hunger and Wasted Food Now with AmpleHarvest.org

1. Make a tax-deductible donation to AmpleHarvest.org.  In a traditional food drive, one can of food equals one can of food. A monetary donation to AmpleHarvest.org equals countless pounds of fresh food donated to food pantries across America. Every dollar you give goes a long way to end hunger and wasted food in ALL 50 states.  Visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/donate to make a secure donation online.

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2. If you’ve got even the tiniest of green thumbs, pledge to plant some extra veggies in your garden to donate to your local food pantry. Take the pledge hereScreen shot 2014-09-03 at 10.05.41 AM

3. If your thumbs aren’t green at all, that’s ok! Tap into your creative side and create a whole fruit or vegetable centerpiece for your holiday table. When you’re done enjoying it, donate the whole thing to your local food pantry and it will bless TWO tables! Read more about our Centerpieces for Pantries campaign at www.AmpleHarvest.org/holiday

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4. No green thumb and not a creative bone in your body? That’s okay too! This is a really easy ways to donate FOR FREE to AmpleHarvest.org:

  • When you’re shopping online use Amazon Smile and they will make a donation on your behalf. Visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/Amazon to make your online purchases.

5. Help us spread the word about AmpleHarvest.org the 42 million Americans who are growing food gardens! Like our facebook page, and invite your friends to like it too. Join us on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. Write a blog article about AmpleHarvest.org–there’s a sample blog post and graphics on this page.

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6. Help a food pantry get registered on AmpleHarvest.org so that growers can find them when they have extra food to donate.  When you’ve located a food pantry in your community, check to see if they are already registered by searching at www.AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry. If they are not there, give them a call or send them an email letting them know that registering on AmpleHarvest.org is FREE and it will help them get fresh food donations for their clients!

 

AmpleHarvest.org – Also Getting People Fed

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AmpleHarvest.org – Also Helping People Get Fed.
By Gary Oppenheimer

Gary Oppenheimer is the Founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvestorg

Gary Oppenheimer is the Founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvestorg

People like to think of AmpleHarvest.org as “that website that connects gardeners to food pantries” and they are right because that what we’ve been telling them for more than 5 years. However, that perspective is as simplistic as thinking that the importance of the invention of the syringe is that it allows you to inject a fluid into a person.  Accurate but incomplete.

You can also think of the syringe as the device that helped to eliminate small pox from across the planet, helps to keep another 1918 flu pandemic from killing tens of millions of people, or helps to assure that no more children will face the risk of living their life in an iron lung.

Or you can just think of it as a long pointy device that can hurt.  Again, correct but not completely correct.

In 2009, AmpleHarvest.org launched when a complaint from someone in a community garden about food going to waste was followed by my, “If we are going to have an ample harvest, let’s give it to people who really need it” response.

For a long time, I thought that we were feeding people.  That was accurate but incomplete.  We are getting people fed but not by feeding them.  However, thinking… and saying…. that we’re feeding people did help the public understand AmpleHarvest.org even though it made funding more difficult because people being fed was the outcome of our actual core work – ending the waste of food.

In short, I had forgotten that AmpleHarvest.org started because too much food was being left in a garden and not because people in the community were hungry.  My bad.

Food BoxesAs I’ve stepped back from the weeds to better look at the forest, I’ve come to better understand that AmpleHarvest.org’s true magic is that by reducing the waste of food, especially garden produce, it helps the environment, reduces the costs of feeding programs, reduces the long term health care costs of the country and it builds bridges between the people in the community and the food pantries in the community.  Oh yea… it also helps people get fed.

For example, I have had speaking engagements over the past few years at Wharton, Temple University and U Penn.  Philly seems to have a love affair with AmpleHarvest.org.

For each of these events as well as many others I’ve attended, they’ve had more box lunches than the number of people who ultimately showed up.lunch box donations

In the past, they would have been thrown away—increasing the waste stream and wasting both money and the food.

In each case however, by using AmpleHarvest.org much as a gardener would, the extra food was donated to a nearby food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter because the event organizer realized that the old ways of doing things are not necessarily the best ways of doing things.  And I suspect that going forward, excess box lunches will continue to be donated which will help the environment, reduce costs at the receiving agency (pantry, etc.), provide nutrition that will help local families and build will bridges within the community.

Oh yeah… it will also help people get fed.

Not all donations are created equal – AmpleHarvest.org

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There’s a strange magic that happens when you donate to AmpleHarvest.org.  For our first act, we’ll quadruple your donation. Ta-da! That’s right, from now until December 12, for every dollar you donate, an anonymous donor will match it with an additional THREE dollars–up to $10,000.  That’s pretty magical, right? But, our second act will knock your socks off.  When you make a donation to AmpleHarvest.org, your money goes a long way….farther than you might think.

Every donation you make to AmpleHarvest.org helps us reach MILLIONS of gardeners across the United States. When a gardener or farmer learns that he or she can donate food to their local food pantry, they can continue to donate for the rest of their gardening life. Your donation helps us connect them to a food pantry so that millions of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables can be shared with those in need–year after year after year.

Not all donations are created equal:

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In a traditional food drive, one can of food equals one can of food. A monetary donation to AmpleHarvest.org equals countless pounds of fresh food donated to food pantries across America for years to come.

Make a donation before December 12th (to have it quadrupled!) and we’ll use our strange magic to multiply the impact a million times over.   Visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/donate to make a secure donation online, or download this form to send a check in the mail.

Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday Fatigue – AmpleHarvest.org

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Is it Wednesday yet?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that today is “Cyber Monday” -a day of great deals and discounts for online purchases.  You may also be aware that tomorrow is “Giving Tuesday” -a day to give back and do good after a long weekend of over-eating and over-shopping.

We’ve got a better idea: let’s just combine them!  Shop online today at Amazon.com and find some great deals. When you shop, let Amazon make a donation to AmpleHarvest.org on your behalf. It’s really easy!

Visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/Amazon or click the AmazonSmile button to the right — this will take smile buttonyou to our AmazonSmile page where every qualified purchase you make triggers a donation to AmpleHarvest.org from the AmazonSmile Foundation on your behalf.  It’s really easy and your Cyber Monday shopping will help us reduce hunger and malnutrition across the United States.

Help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends and family. Pssst: If you include your Christmas wish list they can help AmpleHarvest.org AND get you what you really want for Christmas.

Our AmazonSmile program works 365 days a year, so you can even make a difference on regular old boring, no-name Wednesday if you’d like.  Just remember to bookmark the link so that all of your future eligible shopping will benefit AmpleHarvest.org.

Giving More than Thanks this Thanksgiving – AmpleHarvest.org

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Can any more things be crammed into one week? We’re traveling, cooking, shopping, eating–some of us doing one or more of these almost at the competitive level–and on top of all of that, we’re supposed take some time to really appreciate what we have and be thankful for it.

Whew. I’m tired already.

Thanksgiving can be pretty tough…like, when that one family member insists on talking about all of the subjects you’d rather avoid, when the weather ruins your travel plans, when your team loses the big game, or when you get stuck in “black friday” traffic when you’re just trying to get to your Aunt’s house to meet your newest cousin before you head back home. But, sometimes the giving thanks part can be the hardest.

We’re not conditioned to appreciate what we have. It’s not a natural part of our human nature. Just ask a 4 year old to come up with 5 things he’s thankful for…mine is already saying thanks for that one Christmas present he KNOWS Santa is going to bring him (wink wink).  We want stuff, we want more than we have now, and we’re not good at being happy with what we’ve got.

If you’re finding it hard to give thanks, just imagine an empty plate.  Imagine what millions of Americans face every day–the panic and insecurity of not know where their next meal is coming from.  If you have something to be thankful for, consider giving more than just thanks. Give of your abundance to help a family in need.

Any uncut fruits and vegetables or unopened food items that you haven’t used this Thanksgiving can be donated to those in need. If you’ve made a beautiful edible centerpiece for your holiday table (www.AmpleHarvest.org/Holiday), find a food pantry near you at www.AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry and make a donation.

And, bring that 4 year old along too. Maybe if he’s shown an example of honest gratitude and humble giving, he’ll grow up to be a little more compassionate, and slightly less obsessed with what’s going to be under the Christmas tree.

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