Helping one plate at a time
The world has changed. A mere 20 to 25 years ago, my family was reaping the bounty of fresh garden vegetables of every variety; so much so that there was extra to go around to friends, neighbors and those in need. I know this sounds like a Rockwell portrait of bygone days, but it was not that long ago.
Fast forward to present day America, still the Greatest Country in the World, but many of our own citizens now have difficulty putting food on the table everyday. Soaring gas prices, the actual cost of basic food items, let alone fresh vegetables and fruit have put a strain on families all across the country.
Those who once gave to food assistance programs now find themselves on the other side of the table - no pun intended. Backyard and community gardens flourished and there was ample bounty to feed entire neighborhoods, but as is the case with most things, people and situations change. It is plausible that you can live in an area for several years without knowing who your neighbors are.
Life circumstances have become tedious and at times all consuming to the point where it is enough just to make it through the work day or week, attend to all our personal task and close the door at night and hope for a restful night of sleep.
Being one of those on the other side of the table, I have a full perspective from both sides,and while my resources have diminished, I continue to give as I am able and where I see a need.
It is relatively easy to know and help those in the community even if it is not close-knit. Food pantries have become common place in communities where they did not exist even five years ago. Local churches also have food programs and belive it or not, both sometimes get low on food items and sometimes run out because the need has become so great.
It is probably a forgone thought , but invite someone who you happen to know is having a difficult time, to have dinner with you. You'd be surprised how much this...