I’ll admit, the one thing I really look forward to each Thanksgiving is stuffing. We don’t have anything traditional to our family culture, but we sure do love our stuffing. Three years ago, I made 3 additional kinds of stuffing to add to my dad’s traditional loaves (what can I say, I was pregnant!). This year, my mom asked my dad to change it up a bit and turn his loaves into muffins. Stuffin’ muffins? Amazing.
In some cases, the people going hungry are also going without traditional holiday foods. I am really not sure what I’d do if I couldn’t have stuffing at Thanksgiving. I know it’s a simple holiday tradition, but one that many will go without.
Our focus this year is on Supporting Cultural Traditions w/ A Simple Gift of Food. We encourage donors to focus on a list of ethnic foods that are not often available in food pantries.
The project grew out of the realization that pantries serving refugees and immigrants were having no problems with reuse because it was a cultural value for many of their clients – a lesson that many of us could learn. During that conversation, we learned about the lack of ethnic foods and thought this would be a good way to fuse the two concepts – highlighting something our newest neighbors can teach us as well as a specific support we can offer in return.
So, how can you help? Organize a drive this holiday season. Many folks are already planning on doing this. Ask specifically for tote bags and ethnic foods. Need a list? Here’s what the Tote Bag Project suggests:
Today, I am thankful I have my stuffing…and I cannot imagine what it would be like to not have that traditional item. I hope you can find a moment this holiday season to help out with these efforts.
This post is part of NaBloPoMo.