A New Approach to Thanksgiving

| November 24, 2009


Courtesy Flickr user riptheskull (http://flickr.com/photos/vintagehalloweencollector/)

Courtesy Flickr user riptheskull (http://flickr.com/photos/vintagehalloweencollector/)

A few days ago, I read the devastating news — 49 million Americans are food insecure and live on the edge of hunger.  One in four children don’t know when and where they will have their next meal. Over a year ago, as our economy began to slide and we entered a recession, the face of hunger changed dramatically — now, it may pain your neighbor who lives next door or your colleague in an office down the hall.

These past months, individuals have had to make the decision between paying bills or putting food on the table.  No one should ever have to make this decision.  Food and shelter are basic necessities that everyone should be able to access.

This Thanksgiving, I will be sitting at a beautiful table, surrounded by family, enjoying delicious food and festivity.  Although I give thanks for all that I have had in my life, how can I sit at my Thanksgiving meal knowing how many children and their parents are going to bed with an empty stomach?

Let’s show how thankful we are for what we have by helping make a difference. I encourage you to join me in starting a new Thanksgiving tradition at your holiday table. As you share what you are thankful for with your family and friends, make a pledge to donate to MAZON what it would be to invite one additional person to your holiday table (like at Passover) and invite your friends and family to match your contribution.

This Thanksgiving, we can make a difference.

5 Responses

  1. Rohit says:

    49 million Americans are food insecure? is it? thn in India the numbers should b around 499 million? hmm let me think how can i make a difference for them

  2. Rohit says:

    49 million Americans are food insecure? is it? thn in India the numbers should b around 499 million? hmm let me think how can i make a difference for them

    • MAZON says:

      Hunger is indeed a global problem – 1 in 6 live in hunger worldwide (that’s over a billion people!). Many of our grantees work to end hunger on a global scale, and we also highly recommend visiting the UN’s World Food Programme at http://wfp.org (here’s a link to their Indian hunger projects: http://wfp.org/countries/india).

      The easiest way to make a difference today is to learn more so you can teach others. Thanks for reading & posting. Together, we can stop hunger!

  3. MAZON says:

    Hunger is indeed a global problem – 1 in 6 live in hunger worldwide (that's over a billion people!). Many of our grantees work to end hunger on a global scale, and we also highly recommend visiting the UN's World Food Programme at http://wfp.org (here's a link to their Indian hunger projects: http://wfp.org/countries/india).

    The easiest way to make a difference today is to learn more so you can teach others. Thanks for reading & posting. Together, we can stop hunger!

  4. MAZON says:

    Hunger is indeed a global problem – 1 in 6 live in hunger worldwide (that's over a billion people!). Many of our grantees work to end hunger on a global scale, and we also highly recommend visiting the UN's World Food Programme at http://wfp.org (here's a link to their Indian hunger projects: http://wfp.org/countries/india).

    The easiest way to make a difference today is to learn more so you can teach others. Thanks for reading & posting. Together, we can stop hunger!

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