As this week of Thanksgiving begins, we are drawn to thoughts of family, friends and good food. Our kids remind us that, before football and black Friday, Thanksgiving was about the sharing of a harvest to help the Pilgrim community survive.
For many families in our community, food insecurity and hunger is a reality. In Boulder County, there are over 43,000 people, including 11,000 kids who are considered food insecure, defined by USDA as “limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.”
At this time of year, we at EFAA focus on sharing with those most at risk for food insecurity. We have prepared 1,000 holiday food baskets with the help of our partners, Fresca Foods, Rudi’s and Boulder Brands, to be distributed at EFAA’s food bank, at community events up in Nederland and Allenspark, and delivered door to door to seniors and people with disabilities who are not able to leave their home. Generous people in our community have further donated dozens of turkeys to our food bank as well as supermarket gift cards to purchase essential holiday items.
So we wish everyone a hearty, healthy and peaceful holiday around the table and thank you for thinking of your neighbors and friends by sharing the harvest.
Julie Van Domelen, EFAA Executive Director