Friday, February 23, 2018

Everybody needs to eat

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Yesterday, I received the Foodlink annual report. Why would I get this?  Because I send them an annual donation of a certain amount. With the report was a notice saying that I have been added to their Leadership Circle.

Wow.

I don't take this lightly. I've been very interested in food instability ever since I wrote the third Booktown Mystery, Bookplate Special (which went on to be nominated for the coveted Agatha Award).  While writing it, I mentioned to a friend that I was including Dumpster diving, and she suggested not only that I add a food pantry, but that I talk to her mother who just so happened to run one only a mile from my home.  I hadn't even known the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf was there. It's not a secret, but it's not all that well known, either.

The idea that senior citizens and children go hungry on a regular basis in my community really hit home.

As part of the Leadership Circle, I can attend special events and receptions, personal tours, breakfast with the leadership team, and insider updates.  I want to make a point of taking advantage of some of these opportunities. Does that mean I will write more about it?  Maybe--maybe not. But I like the fact that I can make an impact in my community.

The sad fact, is that I need to make that impact because these seniors and little kids have no other options than to depend on charity to eat on a regular basis. It's a sobering thought. I feel so lucky that I have never needed these kinds of resources.

But I can remember a time when there was nothing in my house to eat. I'd just bought my first home and money was tight. I went through my fridge, found something in the back of it--scraped off the mold and that was my dinner. (My parents would have been appalled.) I wouldn't want anyone else to have to do that ... but I'm sure it happens every day and not far from where I live a comfortable life.

Have you ever donated to a food pantry?  (If not, I hope you'll consider doing so.)


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