I don’t know about you, but as the cool November weather sinks in my inclination to reflect on my year always warms up. I recently learned how to make my own pumpkin spiced lattes (e-mail me for instructions, you won’t be disappointed) and I’m sipping one now mulling over all of the things that I have to be thankful for. Like every single year I can ever remember, this one seems to have just whizzed by. It’s brought to me a new job, new home, new (to me) car, and all of the amazing people I’ve come to know as the new Blog Manager for TWIF. Oh, and a newfound ability to make pumpkin spice lattes and pretty much the best naan the world has ever seen. Not too shabby if I do say so myself :)
One thing that this time of the year makes me particularly grateful for is my ability to provide enough food to be both healthy and happy. Though I’d probably be a little bit healthier and my body would be a lot happier if I would quit succumbing to the unreal Halloween candy sales at QFC, but maybe that’s just a personal problem. In the grand scheme of things a candy weakness really isn’t a problem at all when compared to some of the hunger issues people in our community are dealing with right now. TWIF’s Get Cookin’ feeding program aims to aide this issue by donating an impressive amount of time, money, and ultimately meals to people in need and inspired me to look into other ways that people in the community can give back, too. Here’s what I found:
Click on the link to check out the dizzying amount of businesses accepting non-perishable food donations. Last year one in seven homes struggled to provide enough food for their family, all donations are greatly appreciated. This year Northwest Harvest is partnering with KissFM, so if you generally shop at Top Foods then you might be able to drop off some goods and mingle with one of their many DJs that will be hanging out and handing out prizes.
Many local QFC’s are providing pre-packed grocery bags of food that you can add to your for 10$. Then just drop the baggie off to the volunteers collecting them outside and they’ll be delivered to those in need. This seems to be a more worthwhile use of my money than discount Halloween candy…I’ll probably have to get on this one.
Oh, and because we’re on the topic of candy, if you haven’t seen this you seriously need to watch it.
2011 Turkey Crawl in Southlake Union, November 19th
For 25$ (or 30$ the day of) you get one drink ticket for each of the 6 bars you will be crawling to. For every can of food you bring you’ll get one raffle ticket to enter for a drawing of 6 different prizes. What are these prizes? Gift certificates to the bars you’ll be crawling to (up to 40$!). All canned food donations go to Immanuel Community Food Bank. So I can get drinks for 4$, clean out my cupboards, maybe win more booze, make friends with other drinking dogooders, and up my karma points? Yea you will definitely see me there.
Will Bake For Food University District, November 12th
Seattle’s esteemed Food Bloggers are teaming up to bake their favorite tempting treats and selling them in what could be the best bake sale of the year. All proceeds go to Seattle’s Emergency Feeding Program, an organization that provides meals to people in crisis situations. You can either pay in money or canned food. Yea, that’s right. You can raid your pantry and swap out some canned peas, green beans, and whatever else nutritionally wholesome food you have in there for some pumpkin cheesecake and caramel walnut brownies. Best. Deal. Ever.
There’s probably a million other ways to lend a hand that I didn’t mention. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of any you want me to highlight!
And by the way, TWIF has an awesome facebook page that is full of cool updates, fun anecdotes, and lots of great people. If you haven’t liked TWIF on facebook yet, you should probably get to that. I’d be very thankful for that as well :)