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Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving Everyday

November 29, 2009

I’m scared of pie.

That’s right, you read that correctly.  I am scared of its soft, sweet center and its crunchy crust.  Eating too much pie this Thanksgiving weekend has both Austin and I wincing at the idea of food in general.  And unfortunately, neither of us have escaped the food fallout from Thanksgiving.

In our fridge?  More than 16 slices of pie, cheesecake, and tiramisu, pawned off to us from family members and friends.

Throwing away the pie is not an option.  Not only do Austin and I hate the idea of wasting food, but wouldn’t it be horribly ironic to throw away food from a holiday that’s all about being thankful for food?  At a time when the global food market is still highly unstable and many Americans are turning to food banks for help, we must appreciate the fact that unlike many others, we still have the luxury of eating when we are hungry.

Unfortunately, food banks and community shelters only take non-perishable food items, not half-eaten pies.  At a time when some have so much and others so little, what can we do to minimize that gap?  And how do we do it without putting further strain on our natural resources?

Some may say to donate food and money to those in need, but I think that’s just a short-term fix.  Simply giving food to the starving doesn’t provide a lasting solution.

Others say that the problem lies in the government, the industrial food system, overpopulation or a culmination of all three. One issue only seems to lead to another and everything only seems to get more and more complicated.  I wish I could say I have a solution, that while sitting here at my computer in Kansas, I came up with a way to solve world hunger.

Rather, what I want to say is this: Thanksgiving comes but once a year to remind us to be thankful for what we have: from family and friends to food and football.  Just because the leftovers now sit in stacks of Tupperware does not mean that the feeling of thanks must also be stored away until the next year.

Giving thanks for every meal, not just the important ones, does two things.  First, it reminds us of how lucky we are.  Second, it changes our mindset from one that perceives food as packages, brand names, and calories to one that appreciates it for what it does: satiating our hunger, helping us grow, and giving us something to enjoy.

Think to your last meal.  Did you gobble it down or enjoy every bite?  Do you even remember what you ate?


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  1. Lora permalink
    December 1, 2009 3:34 am

    Sometimes I take leftovers with me on my way to school or work and give them to homeless people along the way. I have a hard time wasting food too. There are plenty of pepople that will eat your pies and leftovers…you don’t have to take them to a shelter.

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