For me as for many others, Thanksgiving means extended family, close friends, and good food. It also traditionally signals a shift in focus.
No sooner than the last turkey scrap is consumed do I instinctively look forward and begin bracing for the mad dash that is the holiday party and shopping season. Ubiquitous ads and holiday jingles make sure of that. In an election year like this one, our political system pivots from campaigning to the task of governing and navigating the challenges that lie before us.
Thanksgiving is also a time for looking back. One of the traditions in my family is to pause before we eat, go around the dinner table, and invite each person to share what they’re thankful for from the past year. We inevitably reminisce about previous Thanksgiving gatherings before our ranks were swelled by legions of cousins, nieces, and nephews. And we tell stories about loved ones who no longer sit at the table with us. It’s a familiar routine that is repeated in homes across our community.
What’s easy to forget, as our attention swings back and forth, is that there are thousands of people in our community whose sole focus is just trying to make it through today. One in six Georgians experience hunger as an ever-present worry. Even more of our children don’t know where their next meal will come from.
That’s why our eyes at the Food Bank remain firmly fixed on making sure the 500,000 people we serve through our 600 partner agencies have enough to eat, on Thanksgiving and every day.
Anticipation is exciting. Remembering is important. But let’s not overlook the opportunities right in front of us to help make this a Thanksgiving for all.
-Greg Sims, Annual Giving Manager