We're food and wine bloggers and we are often hungry. But, we're not hungry in the same way some of our neighbors are.
At a time when some of us are trying to fit into our skirts, others are barely skirting hunger. This was the epiphany that started me thinking last year about a small way we can give back.
I am lucky to be in the "too much to eat" category though only a generation before me, my family knew hunger. Here in the Chinatown area, there's a wonderful food pantry, run by volunteers at Tufts, that fills a local food pantry with the types of Asian groceries families in Boston seek. Many Asian families live on the edge and this program brings culturally appropriate food into their lives. That bag of rice or those special noodles can be so comforting.
Abundance and Gratitude
While I might gripe about how my skirt seems to have shrunk since last holiday season, (how does this happen - every year?) I know this is a time of year with many functions. We food & wine writers get invited to so many events. Often we are treated to meals, introducing us to a new chef, a new menu, or a new restaurant. Last year I decided to kick in a dollar each time I'm treated to a meal, as a small gesture, but one that hopefully others will join me in making.
Especially when we're not paying for our own dinner, what's a dollar anyway?
So I've set this year's goal at $154.00 - that's double the $77 raised last year. (Since it's my name on the PayPal account the ChipIn Paypal widget doesn't let me donate. I rounded up to donate $100 last year.)
Won't you join me? Drop a comment and maybe Tweet (if half my Tweeps donated a dime we'd make the goal!) or Facebook with a link here. And by all means, chip in a buck to help neighbors skirt hunger.
The food pantry program at Tufts Medical Center called “Ricesticks and Tea” offers food and supplies to over 120 pre-screened low-income Asian immigrant and refugee families each month. I asked Sherry Dong who recently was recognized by ABCD Action for Boston Community Development for her years of work with this program, about the families served.
"$100 can buy ~25 small bags of jasmine rice, which can go to 25 households (rice is expensive!), or buy at least 100 bags of dried mung or red beans, which can go to 100 households."
My effort will close on my birthday - December 30. I don't need anything (other than help fitting into my skirt) so if you're grateful for abundance in your life, if you're looking for a small way to contribute to our neighbors in need, or just want to help me have a happy birthday won't you kick in a buck or two?
Thanks so much!