The harvest last year was long and hard, and it ended the week of Thanksgiving. So our meal ended up being more of a celebration of harvest being over than anything else. I realized at that time just how much work goes into farming and it made me think of all of the farming families out there that provide for us.
Everything on your plate came from a farm- the turkey, potatoes, green beans, corn, grain for your rolls, you name it! Someone put hundreds of hours into raising your animals or planting and harvesting your crops. Farming is not a 9-5 job, and it certainly isn’t easy. There is a lot of work that goes into providing food for the world, even those heaping plates you see throughout the holidays.
As wonderful as this time of year is, many do not get to share in the same experience. Imagine seeing all of the advertisements and decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas, knowing that you won’t be eating that day. Or perhaps you’ll be able to make to a church or community dinner for that evening, but the rest of the week you will go hungry.
According to Feeding America®, 49 million people live in homes that do not have enough food and 1 in 6 people face hunger.
Statistics are a driving force behind charities and non-profits because they are the fastest way to emphasize a need. Unfortunately there are many times that statistics are overlooked and consequently, the need is as well. Many people have a difficult time connecting faces to the figures. If we can’t feel a personal connection with a cause, we are likely to ignore it.
So if you are reading this, I challenge you to take a minute to reflect on this statistic- 1 in 6 people face hunger in the United States.
Think about six people in your own inner circle and assign a number to them. How would you feel if it was your child, spouse, parent, or even best friend that was suffering from hunger? What would you be willing to do to help them?
Bayer CropScience is teaming up with Feeding America this holiday season to help provide meals for those who are hungry. Bayer CropScience LP will donate $1 (10 meals*) per virtual Thanksgiving plate created and shared on Thankful4Ag.com.
Simply choose a main dish, two sides and a dessert to create a virtual meal and share it! I made mine this morning with all of my favorites- turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie. It takes 30 seconds to do! The goal is to donate 200,000 meals by Dec. 19, 2014.
If you would like to donate to the cause this holiday season, Ameriprise Financial will match every $1 donated to Feeding America which means 20 meals per dollar donated (up to $200,000). So if you give just $25 during this time, you are providing 500 meals! Visit Feeding America today to learn more about hunger in the United States and to donate if you feel.
As you are eating your favorite foods at holiday celebrations, remember to be #Thankful4Ag.
Originally published as "Don't Forget to Give Thanks to Farmers This Holiday Season" on the Bayer Cropscience site.
Written by Sarah Haney