What are you eating for your big Thanksgiving meal (if you’re having one)? Is it turkey? Have you ever given any thought to the history of the turkey, or how it came to be associated with holiday meals? Probably not, but if you’re interested, both History.org and History.com provide some information on the origins of the bird. I particularly like this utterance attributed to Benjamin Franklin, commenting on the eagle in the US seal looking more like a turkey:
“I am on this account, not displeas’d that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turk’y. For in Truth the Turk’y is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America…. He is, (though a little vain and silly, it is true, but not the worse emblem for that,) a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards, who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”
Whatever your plans are to give thanks, if it involves more food than you or your family can possibly eat, consider sharing with those less fortunate. You can share food or donate time, or both. What better way is there to express thanks for your blessings than to share with those in need?
If you’re not sure where or how to go about sharing your bounty, please try some of these sites:
“The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food or click here to read about public assistance programs.”
“It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together, with millions of other food bank volunteers, your time adds up and makes a difference for your neighbors struggling with hunger. Help the Feeding America nationwide network get food in the hands of those who need it most.”
“I have set up this directory of Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and non-profit organizations committed to fighting hunger. The information is collected manually and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. Keeping this free resource updated is a collaborative effort and will benefit families and individuals in need. Thank you for your support.”