Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Holiday Consideration

I've been very lax in posting about cooking, of late.  I have been cooking, just not anything very interesting.  December, typically a month where I do a lot of exotic food preparation, has been spent primarily in my studio.  That's what multiple deadlines at the end of December (?) will do for you.
I'm not good without a healthy deadline, so needless to say I've been spending a lot of hours working with fiber of the cloth variety.
I've had a lot of time to think about things that matter to me.  I like to take stock of my life this time of year. I'm sure a lot of people do.  I'm fortunate to have wonderful health, a loving family and wonderful friends.
I have a home.
I have food security.
It absolutely kills me that food security is an issue for a lot of people.  Food insecurity is an issue for 49 million Americans.  Of those, 17 million are children and 5 million are seniors.  Last year over 37 million people accessed a food bank for emergency food assistance.
 A few years ago, my good friend Frances Holliday Alford spent a year working on something she called "The Hunger Project".  She sent blank checks to many of her friends for a set amount and asked us to research our local resources and make a contribution to one we were interested in funding.  I thought this was brilliant:  a perfect way to get others to look into local organizations and educate ourselves about them.  I learned about our local food bank:  the San Antonio Food Bank.  I learned that, for every dollar given, the SA Food Bank can stretch it to the equivalent of $15.  I was impressed!
Every year, rather than exchanging gifts with extended family members, each family unit makes a charitable contribution.  I always give to the local food bank.
I know each of us has a pet project.  Some of us cannot afford to give beyond what we can do for our immediate family members.
I'm really not trying to be preachy (I detest that!):  I'm simply planting a seed of an idea.  I encourage you to look into the possibility of contributing to a local food bank.  They are really good at stretching a food dollar.  Thank you for your consideration.  Have a wonderful holiday season.

I promise to start cooking some interesting food.  Soon!


  1. This is a great idea! My mom and I both donate to the food bank throughout the year. If there is a good sale at the grocery store, we buy extra for the food bank. One thing I didn't know until this past summer is that some food banks will take excess garden produce. I always assumed it had to be canned and boxed goods, but the one near me was thrilled to get our extra garden fruits and vegetables.

  2. Good to know, Karen. Thanks for mentioning the fresh produce as a donation item. I'm certain every bit helps.

  3. Great idea Leslie! I had been planning to stock up at the store and deliver it in person. But I didn't know that they can buy more with my money than I can. And our local food bank lets you donate online! Cha Ching!

  4. Thanks, Kathy. Happy Holidays to you and yours.