Thanksgiving is next weekend.
My wife and I are looking forward to it and we will be joined by our son and his family in our little COVID bubble of six people.
Normally, the tradition in our family is like that of many others: turkey dinner with all the trimmings and way more than we can eat, certainly far more than we need. And in non-pandemic times, we’d usually add a few friends around the table, to make a group of 12 or more.
Just let me stop there.
Some of you, maybe most of you, will be thinking that this is not a remarkable story and that your family is just like ours. But, unfortunately, there are many families in our regional district for whom Thanksgiving is stressful because there is not enough food. For these families, the question is not about what to serve or how much to prepare; it’s “how will I be able to provide dinner for my family?” and it likely is not limited to this holiday weekend. These families may find it difficult to provide school lunches, healthy breakfasts, and meals that many of us might take for granted.
I have written about food several times in the last seven months and do so again because the problem of food insecurity is very real. Food banks continue to experience extremely high levels of demand and other social service agencies are swamped with requests for assistance.
My family is fortunate: we have what we need. Most of our immediate neighbours share the same experience. But what of those who are finding it so difficult and for whom the additional stress of COVID has compounded their challenges?
Feed the Need is a campaign we launched with Sea to Sky Community Services, with the aim of raising funds for food banks throughout the regional district. It still requires your generosity. If you are able, please give what you can to help make Thanksgiving a better time for families who may be struggling.
It’s easy to donate – simply visit https://www.sscs.ca/feed-the-need/ and pledge your support. Every little bit really does help.
Chair, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District