Great American Dine Out – No kid hungry

The tradition of celebrating the English Harvest Festival began in churches in 1843 leading to the custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce for the September Harvest Festival. Growing up I remember taking tins of food to church and placing them with everyone else’s contributions whilst the harvest hymn ‘We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land’ was sung. After the service, the food was distributed to the elderly and needy of the community.

Traditions like this still occur the world over but if you aren’t a regular church goer, how often do you go through your pantry to see what is there to donate? This weekend I was told that the Orange County branch of the Second Harvest Food bank was almost out of food, this means that the local organizations that rely on heavily discounted food from the bank to feed their own community initiatives are in trouble. One example being a local OC project that usually feeds 900 families a month now only have the capacity to feed 200 families – that means 700 FAMIILES are looking elsewhere and if that one initiative is that badly effected I can only imagine what is happening elsewhere.

This week you can help even without going to the effort of donating food, just by eating out in restaurants that are supporting the Great American Dine out initiative. We know there is an abundance of food in this country, this week please consider where you eat in support of this initiative. You can find details at – Great American Dine Out Just pop your zip code into the ‘Find a restaurant’ section.

Anyone up for a Daphne’s Pita lunch this week?

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