While Thanksgiving is usually marked by feasting, there are many in the United States, and particularly in Louisiana, for whom hunger is a persistent problem. In Louisiana, a state which celebrates rich and varied food traditions that are famous worldwide, there are many people without enough to eat. The condition is known as “food insecurity,” and Louisiana has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the United States. With the current public health and economic crisis, food insecurity is expected to get worse. To learn more about the impact of coronavirus on food insecurity see Feeding America’s report at: https://www.feedingamericaaction.org/the-impact-of-coronavirus-on-food-insecurity/
Perhaps the best way to give thanks is to give back. George Washington, as the new president of a new country, took Congress’ recommendation in 1789 and called for a national day of thanksgiving and prayer in gratitude for the end of the Revolutionary War. He celebrated the day by attending church and then donating money and food to prisoners and debtors in New York City jails. There are ways that we can all give thanks by giving back.
Written by: Kathleen Richey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 225.930.0305