Hi. It’s Chad, once again. We want to explore the idea of Thanksgiving today through Wednesday. Each day, we’ll pick a different theme. And today, it’s all about food.
“Yes, it’s Thanksgiving time again and we’re all supposed to be thankful for food, football, and sales.”
OK, that’s a little cynical. The football happens throughout the fall and yes, the day after Thanksgiving does produce mass hysteria, but might be the best price for an item.
But food is an everyday matter, not just for Thanksgiving. I realize the concept (perhaps Disney-ified by now) of Pilgrims being thankful for getting through the harvest so that they wouldn’t starve is a nice vision. But in 2007, are people really having trouble getting food?
Well, apparently they are.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual hunger survey released Wednesday showed that more than 35.5 million people in the United States were hungry in 2006. While that number was about the same as the previous year, heads of food banks and pantries say many more people are seeking their assistance.”
Perhaps the Pilgrims needed to eat that much food in 1621, but do we really need to eat ourselves silly just to pass out from the tryptophan?
We produce enough food to feed everyone and still export plenty. Yet, at Thanksgiving, and the rest of the year, some of us go hungry.