If there’s one thing I love to do in life, it’s eating. It’s such a basic/essential part of the human experience. Everyone has to eat, but sadly not everyone always gets to.
My parents taught me and my sister to appreciate food at a very young age. They made sure we understood that every grain of rice was precious; that we were lucky to have a full bowl to eat every night; and that being picky and wasteful was a luxury most of the world could not afford. Even in New York City, one of the richest cities in the world, food poverty is around every corner.
As the holidays approach, I like to find ways to help others in my community whether it’s donating money, clothes, or time. This year, before Thanksgiving I will be working with Food Bank NYC which offers volunteer opportunities to help end hunger in New York. You can join in working at a local soup kitchen, packing food to be delivered to homes in need, collecting and distributing canned goods at food pantries, or campaigning to help keep the program going. I usually like to work in the soup kitchens because, I’ll admit, I’m kind of a creeper and like to watch people eat and enjoy food, but this year I’ll be part of the packing crew at Pier60. I believe the volunteer registration is closed for Thanksgiving, but they will probably need more people for Christmas as well. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering and you can join my group for Christmas packing!
Who knows, maybe we’ll run into Kevin Bacon at this thing and ask him what he thinks of the new Footloose.