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Food for Thought | Giving Back During Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving Day is only a week away from tomorrow. The year always seems to go by so fast–and once Thanksgiving hits things seem to move in fast motion. While the impending holiday season always seem to be a whirlwind and end too soon, we still think it’s important to slow down and remember those in need at this time of the year.

Thanksgiving is a day generally summed up in one word: FOOD! Everyone has their own traditions and favorite memories of spending the day with their family, friends and loved ones and of course…breaking bread together.

During this Thanksgiving season, donating food to local food banks is a simple way to show support and care to those who may not have the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones and a warm, home-cooked meal.

Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, which has a mission to feed American’s hungry through a network of food banks and to engage our country in the fight against hunger.

They provided a list of the 11 food items most in need by food banks during the holiday season:

  1. Cereal
  2. Pasta
  3. Rice
  4. Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  5. Canned meals, i.e. soups, chili, pasta
  6. 100% Juice
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Pasta Sauce or Spaghetti Sauce
  9. Macaroni & Cheese
  10. Canned protein, i.e. tuna, chicken, turkey
  11. Beans, canned or dry

Consider dropping off just a couple items in the next few weeks. In Nashville, our Food American member food bank is Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN including where they are located and more ways to hep, visit their website at and or more information about Feeding America, visit their website at

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