Thanksgiving. A single word that combines two acts of grace: giving thanks and simply giving. Both actions have been top-of-mind as we head into November.
In this edition you will find stories of organizations and individuals who are working to combat one of our area’s most difficult struggles: hunger.
According to Palm Beach County’s 2015 Hunger Relief Plan, there are more than 200,000 people in our county struggling with hunger. Over 20 percent of all children in the county live in “food-insecure” households and up to 28 percent of residents older than 60 may not have resources to consistently access healthy food. When you study the demographics, you might be surprised to discover how many of these people are your neighbors. Hunger can — and does — exist in the midst of plenty.
But you will also find friends and neighbors who are working to help.
We cover efforts as diverse as the Junior League of Boca Raton’s community garden, Boynton Beach’s Secret Garden Café and its related veggie mobile initiative, and the Palm Beach County Food Bank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser in Delray Beach.
So as you prepare to gather for the American tradition of a Thanksgiving feast, I suggest you stop for a moment and reflect on the plenty we’ve been given and then practice gratitude beyond the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, give thanks and give.
— Mary Kate Leming