A couple of days ago my very generous sister gave me the perfect ‘thank you’ gift:
Who wouldn’t want a gift card to their favorite grocery store?! Immediately I started thinking about ingredients I’d like to try that I normally wouldn’t spend money on. I really appreciated the thought behind this gift. She knows me well. 🙂
I plan to do a special blog post about what I use this on sometime next week, but in the meantime I want to share the love.
(Bear with me — this is all connected!)
I recently visited the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and was reminded of individuals and families right in my own community who deal with food insecurity, meaning that they don’t know where they will find their next meal. Last year this food pantry served over 15,000 families.
I realize that it is a luxury to grocery shop for fun ingredients and dream up creative dinners, and I don’t want to lose sight of the bigger picture and helping to be a part of the solution. At the end of the day, cooking a new quinoa recipe is meaningless compared to fighting hunger right in my own neighborhood.
As I learned more about the services that are offered through OPRF Food Pantry, including nutrition education programs, and the thought and effort that goes into making the experience as dignified as possible, I was proud to live in a community with such an amazing organization. I also left the food pantry knowing that I want to get involved and contribute to their good work.
So, here comes the way that these two things come together…
I’d like to THANK YOU for reading this blog! Over the last few months I have found a hobby that energizes me, inspires me to see the positive in every day and each bite, allows me to cook, photograph and write, and is something that I truly look forward to all day (even though I limit myself to working on it at night!). In an effort to stick with my vision for this blog being more than just a food blog, I’m hoping to thank you & give to the community through this giveaway:
If you’re reading this, LEAVE A COMMENT below! I’d love to hear what type of post you want to see more of and any other thoughts/suggestions about this blog.
- By commenting, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to the grocery store of your choice!
- For every comment, I’m donating $1 to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. (I learned that they are able to purchase $10 worth of food for every $1 donated, so by leaving a comment you’re helping to contribute $10 worth of food to a family in need. And you’re not paying a penny!)
This giveaway ends Monday, 8/20, at 8:00pm.