When my oldest son, Jake, returned home for Thanksgiving during his freshman year at college, he went straight to the refrigerator. He opened the door, looked at the abundance of food contained inside, sighed, then turned to his three brothers and sister and said, “You really have no idea how good you have it, or what it is like to not have a refrigerator filled with whatever you want.”
Now let’s be clear: Jake was not exactly starving at college. He had a meal ticket and all kinds of choices when he went to the school cafeteria. But his experience at school, of being away from home, and of having to fill his own small refrigerator helped him realize one of the things he missed most about home—good food anytime he wanted it!
How many of us are like Jake’s siblings? Or how many of us open the fridge, full of food, and still say there’s nothing to eat.
We’ve had all we needed for so long that we do not really know what it’s like to go without food. When we get hungry, we just stop at any one of the hundreds of fast food restaurants nearby and enjoy a meal.
But if you have ever been without, if you have missed some meals, gone hungry, tried to eat on a dollar a day—then you know the importance of a meal.
The simple act of providing someone breakfast, lunch or dinner, and maybe a little conversation, a little dignity, makes all the difference in the world. Often, a meal is all someone needs to start them on the road to a changed life, on the road to recovery and to becoming a productive, self-sufficient citizen.
Meals at the Mission are provided 365 days a year. Thanks for keeping our fridge full.