Food is one of the most important parts of the holiday season. In our family, Hanukah means our dad makes something delicious (we’re especially fond of his fully homemade pizzas). On Christmas Eve, we cook dinner with our mommy and then the next morning we eat cinnamon rolls and drink hot cocoa before going to a family friend’s house for a delicious meal that usually involves some sort of excellent meat dish (we’re lobbying for a return to Beef Bourguignon this year) and our own Alsatian Apple & Cream Tart. Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources to eat a beautiful or even sufficient holiday meal. Every year, many Americans rely on food banks and, as the New York Times recently reported, due to a variety of reasons from a lack of agricultural surpluses (again, it all goes back to the Farm Bill) to the increased foreclosures and gas prices, this year, the numbers are even higher. Many food banks are placed in the terrible position of having to turn families away and giving families smaller packages of food.
If it’s remotely feasible, we strongly encourage you to help out in whichever way you can. The Greater Boston Food Bank accepts help in whatever form you can provide it, whether through a donation of food, money, or time. Most of us are crunched for at least the latter two during the holiday season, but won’t you do what you can to help? Remember, everyone deserves a happy and delicious holiday.