As we pull up a chair to the table to eat a Thanksgiving meal with our families, we ask our readers to not forget those less fortunate.

On your way to work or to drop off your children at school, you’ll ride or walk past a line of people (sometimes wrapped around the building) waiting outside a church or a shelter for food giveaways.

Many of our brothers and sisters are without a roof over their heads or enough money to provide a meal for themselves and their families.

That could be you.

According to a recent study by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the face of those who need help feeding themselves and their families have changed to include those in the working class, and poor people suffer from hunger and food insecurity at a disproportionate rate.

Many community organizations, faith-based institutions and corporations hold food drives to feed the needy during holiday time.

Black on Black Love distributed Thanksgiving baskets Tuesday in Englewood to families and Steve and Marjorie Harvey gave away 1,000 turkeys last week at Chicago State University to benefit local churches, community-based organizations and single mothers from the Steve Harvey
Mentoring Program for Young Men in Chicago.

Many churches, including West Point Missionary Baptist Church, New Faith M.B. Church and New Covenant M.B. Church, feed the hungry on a weekly basis.

Have you put a few extra items in your grocery cart each week to donate to a food drive? Have you donated your time at your church or a local shelter to help feed those in need? Are you teaching your children to do the same?

Next time you walk past a box designated for canned goods donations, try to add a little more to the count.

Let’s give thanks for what we have. Let’s give thanks that we’re able to help others.

Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

Michael A. House

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