posted on October 21, 2015 10:54
As my sixth year participating in the Taste of Central Pennsylvania grows near, I find myself reflecting on why I am here. It’s easy to see the fun things and the camaraderie that is shared at Strawberry Square the last Sunday of each October. Chefs milling about plying our trade, greeting old friends and always meeting someone new. The air is filled with the scents of the season and food is presented by young men and women in pristine white coats as the room is overrun with food.
But, why am I really here?
As I experienced early in life but seldom share, hunger finds a way. I grew up in northern New York in a region overrun in by rural poverty. There was plentiful game and fish but there were also lines at government distribution centers and whispers of the days that stores disposed of old foods. My family was always hunting for food either in the woods, on the lake or behind the stores...When hunger finds a way, you always struggle to keep it at bay. Not often do I share the story of my youth when I have been so blessed to be where I am today.
So, why am I here today? I have shared the angst of hunger and today is my day to keep hunger away.
Please, embrace what you have and what you can share and together we can keep hunger away for another day.
Join me at Strawberry Square on October 25th, as we fill the room with joy; knowing that for this one day we can all do our share to support the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
As the Food Bank’s most successful fundraiser, the Taste of Central Pennsylvania has raised nearly $2.5 million over the past 27 years to support the Food Bank’s mission of fighting hunger, improving lives and strengthening communities. The Taste provides patrons with samples of the latest signature menu items from approximately 50 of the area’s top restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. The menu samples include everything from lunchtime soups and sandwiches to dinner entrees like chicken confit and roast duck, as well as desserts, snacks and beverages. Learn more here.