Oh, I forgot to tell you about another wonderful event I took part in through my temple group to fight hunger. Remember last month when I helped out at the Greater Boston Food Bank, sorting through donated canned and boxed goods? Well, this was also a GBFB event, but it was their "Mobile Market," which is set up like a farmers' market to give fresh produce to needy families. A bunch of us arrived early Saturday morning at the cafe of an elementary school in South Boston and began bagging up the many crates full of cabbages, collard greens, carrots, potatoes, onions, and apples.
Each family that came in walked down the row and got to take home a bag of each item. I was so happy to see fresh produce going home to be made into soups and stews! There were also cartons full of juice boxes, Stonyfield yogurt, Parmalat, and tubs of seafood chowder. We worked really hard and had a great day.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, fighting hunger is my big "cause." Maybe it's the Jewish mother in me, maybe it's the cookbook editor, maybe it's the hungry foodie, but regardless, I lose sleep when I think about people going hungry in this land of plenty. The next time you're at the supermarket, pick up a few extra cans of tuna or boxes of Cheerios and drop them off at your local food pantry. That could be just the thing that a struggling family needs to get through a tough week.