Take a moment for Food Security | Day 6 of #12DaysforGood

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Food Security HOF

I think at times, we take our food for granted. We take the daily ritual of breakfast, lunch, dinner and constant snacks as, “it’s just another task to accomplish today” But do we really value our food? Do we value the hard work that went into planting, growing and harvesting the grain that went into that English muffin? Or the early mornings, long days, late nights birthing the new born calf, so that we can have a glass of fresh milk or cream for our coffee?

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Food security happens on so many levels. Can we afford it? Do we need to eat it? Do we have time for it? Is this food to fill a physical or emotional void? Are we truly grateful for it? You don’t have to be a Christian or have a belief in God to sit back from your plate, close your eyes and give thanks for the bounty that is in front of you (it helps, but it’s not a pre-requisite).

And what about those who don’t have access to food on a daily basis? I am so thankful to organizations such as the House of Friendship, FoodBank Waterloo Region, Ray of Hope, Community Centers, Churches, who are constantly serving meals for those who don’t have the means to access food for themselves.

This year Tony Bender from the House of Friendship approached me to see how we could add fresh carrots and onions to their Christmas Hampers this season. I made some inquiries with some growers that I know and Jason from Carron Farms in the Bradford Marsh was more than happy to oblige. We totaled 12,000 lbs of carrots and 12,000 lbs of onions. Jason could have just sent them in bulk and our volunteers could pack them, but no, he went two steps further and washed them, and packed them in 3lb bags. He then delivered the 14 skids to our farm all for a nominal cost. This is an example of a farmer outside of our community who values the life he has been blessed with and is willing to help others.

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Our family has similar values during our growing season, a few times a week the House of Friendship truck or Food Bank truck, or church groups, Community Centers show up and we offer what we have. We offer the abundance we have been provided with. Something as a family we have to give credit to our Parents Howard and Elsie Herrle for instilling in us, the need to help others.

I invite you today to think about your situation, your Food Security. I challenge you to take a moment, Thank a Farmer, donate food or money to a charity that provides Food Security, volunteer.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens << TWEET THIS

“Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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