Posted 12/20/2012 by Elizabeth Derrico
My sister and I are texting back and forth about whether Christmas dinner should be beef tenderloin, duck or goose. For me the holidays are all about food. And that means numerous trips to the market for the forgotten olives that go into chicken stew for DBS holiday potluck or the cookie recipe requiring three teaspoons of cream of tartar when I only have two. However, the abundance and ease of running into Jewel or Kroger for that needed ingredient is not universal. An estimated 16 million kids are hungry along with 9 million seniors. During this season of giving, bar associations throughout the country are working to eradicate hunger in their communities.
For the Ohio State Bar Association board members and staff delivering food baskets through Neighbor to Neighbor Ministries was a way of honoring retiring executive director Denny Ramey in his hometown. Up in New Hampshire, the Women’s Bar Association put together baskets of holiday cheer with a local food pantry.
At the Boone County Bar Association (MO) and other bar associations, the price of admission to the holiday party is the donation of a non-perishable food item. The Iowa State Bar Association is serving as a drop-off location for the Iowa Food Bank and the VA Central Iowa Health Care System. The Genesee County Bar Association and Foundation host a community dinner complete with Santa and all the trimmings. Meanwhile, the Toledo Bar Association raised more than $11,000 with its annual food basket appeal. Not to leave out our furry friends who provide companionship and care, the Austin Bar’s Animal Welfare Committee is collecting pet supplies and pet food.
I know that over the next week or so there will be many more waits in the self-service checkout line because the list is never quite accurate and minds change at the last minute about the menu. During these stops I will join my bar colleagues and pick up a few extra items—particularly protein like peanut butter and tuna—to help feed the hungry in my community.