On this Thanksgiving, I'd like to thank Father Brake, Lynn Brantley and all the workers and volunteers of the Capital Area Food Bank. It's a shining example of a small group coming together and changing the world by helping other people.
With the Thanksgiving holiday season approaching, many New Yorkers will not have food on their table. What can we do? Focusing on one simple, direct way to help, Project Oatmeal's goal is to provide one of the most needed foods to New York's hungriest.
Many of us think of Thanksgiving as a day spent with family, eating a great meal and watching football. I believe that thinking needs to be changed! Thanksgiving should ignite a sense of gratitude for all that one has and also be a day of action.
The cost of AmpleHarvest.org's nationwide solution is one cent per year per food insecure person, or about $500K/year. Connecting dots is a lot cheaper than building a new food system infrastructure from scratch.
Knowing the resources we have growing in this country and the appalling truth about our food waste, no American should be hungry. Not one. One vital solution that costs nothing -- yes, nothing -- is a perspective shift around food.
By taking clients at their word and allowing them to choose from an array of truly healthy foods, Arnold ushered in a new era of food banking, one that is more efficient, more nourishing, and more responsive to those it serves.