Day 40: Mardi Gras!

Celebrate Mardi Gras by feeding your neighbor!!

DAY 40 ACTION: Donate food to a local food pantry, send a few dollars, or volunteer! 


Food pantry at Rosie’s Place in Boston, Massachusetts.

No one should go to bed hungry in America.

When you hear the words Mardi Gras, you may think of beads, king cake and New Orleans. But in the Christian religion, the holiday also marks the last hoorah before Lent, a 40 day period of fasting and sacrifice before Easter.

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” because historically, Christians would indulge in meat, alcohol, and other fancy food and drink to clear out their home before fasting began.

By all means, laissez les bons temps rouler today. But keep in mind that not everyone will indulge. Instead, some of our neighbors will go hungry tonight. About 13%, or 42 million Americans, live in food-insecure households, lacking access to adequate, nutritious food.

Food pantries and the larger, regional food banks that support them, see donations rise and fall over the calendar year. Just after the holidays, the first few months of the year are some of the slowest donation months.

You can help! Click here to find the food pantries nearest you. Donate a few dollars, or call them and ask what kind of food they need. Then, make a plan to bring donations by this week! You can also ask if they need volunteers to sort donations.

Today’s Action: On a day when everyone should be eating well, donate food or money to a local food pantry.

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