Tuesday, March 31, 2009
APRIL FOOD DAY - Bloggers Fighting Hunger
Thank you to Meg of Pigtown Design and Chris of Easy & Elegant Life for turning good intentions into action and organizing this blogger food donation drive.
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks - a donation of $1 provides 10 pounds of food and grocery products for hungry children and adults. CLICK HERE to donate, even a small amount can make a difference.
What's the picture of? That's my mom in my hometown's soup kitchen at the Episcopal Church at SS. Peter and John, which she ran as a volunteer for four years before moving to the Cape. The local food bank was very important to their efforts. Here's an excerpt from an acticle about the soup kitchen by Christopher Caskey of The Citizen.
(photo by Chet Susslin)
"On Mondays, she calls food banks to see what is available and form a menu. Tuesdays are for defrosting. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, she hits the sales for cheap food, and on Friday she makes last-minute changes to the menu...Each meal has to be balanced, she said. Every person is served soup, a main course, some kind of fruit, a vegetable and juice. However, that doesn't mean there is no variety.Homemade Reuben sandwiches were a recent hit. And people always gobble up a recipe she once found for spaghetti pie, Ginnerty said.“I wouldn't offer anything to my guests that I wouldn't offer to my family,” she added
Back in 2006 they served 6,500 - 7,000 meals a year. I can only imagine what the need is in 2009.