giving back

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One issue that food bloggers generally don’t have to deal with is not having enough food. There may be days that I have no idea what to make with the weird ingredients in my pantry, but starving is not usually much of a problem. Being well aware that this isn’t the case for everyone, I’d like to use today’s post to make a small plug for a bit of charitable giving.

For most of us, this is a hard time to scrape up anything to give, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to take much. Food banks and cold weather shelters are always in need of more supplies, if you have spare canned food or blankets lying around. You can volunteer your time at a food bank or soup kitchen. Or you can, if you have it, give cash, which gives the charity the option of getting what they need most.

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Many food bloggers are taking part in Menu for Hope, the brainchild of blogger Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim. Featuring prizes donated by food bloggers all over the world, the event raises money through raffle tickets and donates it to the UN World Food Programme. I think it’s a fantastic event, and encourage anyone who’s interested to participate.

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For myself, I prefer to look for needs closer to home. Jon and I donate to the Skagit Food Share Alliance, a program run by the Skagit Community Action Agency. By purchasing locally grown produce for food banks and hot meal programs, they work against hunger and support local farmers at the same time. It’s a win-win situation, in my opinion. If you live in the Skagit Valley or support the preservation of Skagit farmland, please consider donating.

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giving thanks

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Today we are, like so many others, rushing off to spend Thanksgiving somewhere else. Unlike most others, we will be following Calvin Trillin’s suggestion and making spaghetti carbonara for dinner – something my mother has always wanted to do on Thanksgiving, apparently. Don’t worry, we’ll be having our proper turkey dinner next weekend.

Despite not having the traditional autumn harvest menu, it’s still a good time to reflect on how good we have it. Especially after last week’s fun little trip to the emergency room – I’m grateful for every moment I’m not there, let me tell you. I’m very thankful for our health, our home, our jobs, our cats, the beautiful place we live in, our families, and the food on our table. Food is very important to us, and we’re very lucky that we can afford to spend both money and time on eating well. Not everyone is so fortunate. Please consider donating to a food bank or drive this week – they need all the help they can get.