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Great Neck Notebook: November 5, 2009

Hungry on Thanksgiving

How many families on your block won’t be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the trimmings? Not because they don’t like turkey, but because they can’t afford to buy one. And they can’t afford the side dishes that make that meal so special.

Maybe every one of your neighbors can afford to put on a big spread for Thanksgiving, but just a few blocks away, just a few miles from your dining room, there are families who won’t have as much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving as you and me. How do I know?

I know because last year The Interfaith Nutrition Network provided more than 3,000 turkeys to families in need. Each of those families also got a bag of groceries so they, too, could have a complete holiday dinner with all the good things that most of us take for granted.

I also know that because of the tough economic times we’re going through many families that were making ends meet last year aren’t doing as well this year. At the soup kitchen where I volunteer each year on Thanksgiving Day, we expect an increase of 25 percent more guests than last year.

If you’ve had some blessings in your life, please consider sharing them with those who haven’t been as fortunate. We need donations of: canned soups, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned yams or potato mix, gravy mix, dry pasta, rice, and canned fruit. If you happen to have a coupon for a free turkey, that would be really helpful too.

If you prefer, you can also write a check, payable to The Interfaith Nutrition Network. Every $20 we receive means one more family will have a Thanksgiving worth celebrating. Donations may be mailed to: Dave Golbert, 7 Lee Court West, Great Neck, NY 11024. Food donations may also be dropped off to 7 Lee Court West. For additional information, please call 917-418-2451 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

On this day in particular, “Let no one go hungry, while there is food on our table.”