A Thanksgiving Thanks – November 17
Author: Elias Piña
Thanksgiving, known for bringing together cherished ones over a festive meal, embodies not only the joy of togetherness but also serves as an occasion to express and spread gratitude. As we reflect on gratitude, we at Second Harvest want to send heartfelt thanks to the pantries and meal programs that tirelessly serve our communities.
With unwavering dedication, pantry and meal program volunteers and staff work tirelessly year-round to ensure that no one in their communities goes hungry, even when more people turn to them for help. Their commitment goes beyond the distribution of groceries or meals; they foster dignity and empathy.
Food pantries have created spaces, often revamping their distributions, where families feel welcomed and respected — a place where anyone can find support. They’ve orchestrated food drives, organized community meals and distributed essential supplies, spreading hope throughout the year.
Meal programs provide a space for communal gatherings and shared experiences. They create opportunities for connection, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie among those they serve.
Each pantry and meal program has pivoted and adjusted, catering to the evolving needs of their communities. From responding to crises and disasters to offering additional social services, food pantries and meal programs continuously demonstrate resilience and resourcefulness.
And now as Thanksgiving approaches, some programs have expanded distributions or meal services to make the holiday season brighter for individuals and families facing challenges.
To every pantry and meal program, large and small, urban and rural, we extend our deepest gratitude. You ensure that the spirit of generosity and care thrives, not just during the holidays, but every single day.
From all of us at Second Harvest, thank you for your unwavering commitment to helping feed families in the Inland Northwest!