Feeding America with Barefeet In The Kitchen


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If this is your first time visiting Barefeet In The Kitchen, you might be impressed with pretty pictures of delicious sounding recipes. These are not the recipes I remember from my childhood.

As I was growing up, my family was often blessed by food gifts from charity. I hardly knew the difference between a food pantry and the grocery store.

I simply knew that food was coming into the house and that made everyone happy.

I remember watching my mother cry over a gift of groceries. I recall being speechless with joy over a huge bag of day-old doughnuts, because I couldn’t recall having a doughnut before that day.

The doughnuts were part of a food box that my mother stood in line for every Tuesday afternoon. She would bring them home and sort them. She set aside the doughnuts that were still whole on a plate to be a special dessert that night.

The doughnuts that were smashed were chopped up and allowed to dry out overnight. The next day she made them into “doughnut pudding,” a simple bread pudding without added sugar.

I learned a lot from countless meals of plain beans and rice. I learned to be grateful for every single thing in my life. Though I grew up poor, I was richly blessed and I never went to bed hungry.

There may never be anything more beautiful to me than a full pantry. The monotony of grocery shopping as an adult is countered by the overwhelming gratitude that I am able to go to the store and purchase what we need every week.

I don’t take for granted the fact that we don’t have to weigh the cost of new shoes against whether or not we’ll be able to purchase our food.

Every dollar you give through our Virtual Food Drive helps provides EIGHT meals for people in need. We can work together to make a HUGE impact in many lives this holiday season!

Feeding America is the leading domestic hunger-relief organization, with over 200 food banks serving every state. Those food banks provide food and groceries to 33,500 food pantries, 4,500 soup kitchen, and 3,600 emergency shelters.

Follow this link to Barefeet In The Kitchen’s Virtual Food Drive. It only takes a moment to donate and you really can make a difference!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your gift to help feed the hungry this holiday season!

Throughout the month of November 2013, Barefeet In The Kitchen donated $1 to Feeding America for every comment left on this blog post, finishing with a donation of $400. Thank you for helping feed the hungry!

I researched a great many charities before deciding to work with Feeding America. Feeding America spends 97.9% of their budget directly on food distribution endeavors. You can examine their ranking among other charities here.

Through Feeding America we can accomplish the most with even the smallest of gifts. Even if you only have a dollar to give, you can make a difference through our Virtual Food Drive!

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anonymous says

    All to often the world is still struggling with just the basics. Thank God for the love of the good mothers, fathers and especially the grandmothers that are the glue who hold it all together. Miss you grandma and so thankful for all you taught me.

  2. Sharon Russell says

    Love this, I can remember as a child we did not have a lot, but mom always made a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner for us. We had everything everyone else had. She was amazing about things like that. She was the typical mom of the era….not give herself something so she could give to her kids. Christmas and Thanksgiving just don't seem the same. I try to follow her lead, but sometimes it just doesn't work. I love and miss you so much mom.

  3. Anonymous says

    There are many out there who are trying their best to survive. Hard times are upon us. If we can help someone over a hard spot in the road, then it's our duty and blessing to do so. Our children are our future and it is our job to see that they are raised without hunger. Our elders are our foundation and we should have enough respect for them to make sure they do not go without food and the basics of life. You are wonderful for doing this and God bless you and all for your thoughts and actions.