For most of us, the holiday season means warm and fuzzy talk of food and yummy recipes. Sadly, it also reminds us of the millions of Americans who don’t have enough of it.
Just last week, the USDA reported that 14.6 percent of American households were deemed “food insecure” during 2008 — a staggering number from where I sit. Factor in a bad economy that has led to depleted shelves in food bank, and what we have is a tragic situation that extends far after the holidays are over.
To help as much as one celebrity can, food personality Rachael Ray has taken on a special Thanksgiving project to help the 2,000 residents of Wilmington, OH, a community devastated by the economic downturn, due mainly to the shuttering of a local DHL facility.
Not only is Ray (and other organizations) keeping the shelves of Wilmington’s food bank filled for a year, she and a gaggle of volunteers are also throwing a Thanksgiving feast to be documented in a special television presentation airing Wednesday, Nov. 25 during The Rachael Ray Show. (See the trailer: http://rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/save-date/)
To support Ray’s cause in Wilmington (and other food banks nationally), photo sharing service Snapfish is offering a half-off deal on its online photo books. For every photobook purchased between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 2009, Snapfish will donate $1 to local food banks nationwide. Go to http://opti.snapfish.com/db/USA/RachaelRay/offer.html to create a photobook, and use promo code (RRBOOK) for the discount.
So, if you’re going to take all those family photos at Thanksgiving like you always do, help out a worthy cause in the process.