Feasting with a purpose

There is always a hunger need in our communities. Often that need can seem overwhelming and our ability to help with it can feel so very small. We participate in food drives, but want a more concrete way to see our service in action. I am really excited to be partnering with Unilever this month in their #ShareAMeal campaign. An initiative focused on just that – how sharing a meal can change a life. How serving food to a family in need can give hope and courage for tomorrow.

With the face of hunger quickly changing in our country, there are often people down the street who would benefit from an offer for a shared meal. Holding a feast for friends and inviting in a family in need can be a great way to do this. We know someone who could use this kind of help and loved inviting them over for a recent dinner party. The gesture spoke to their worth as a friend, just as much as it spoke to their need for food. They were immensely encouraged by the evening (and so were we!).

My favorite Turkey recipe

Left overs

We feasted at a table filled with great food and drink. This is the turkey recipe I make for Thanksgiving every year, it is my favorite one. We purposely cooked WAY t0o much food (3 meat dishes!) to be able to share leftovers with our friends in need. I purchased extra plastic containers before the event. After our feast was done, I wrapped up as many extra meals as I could and placed them all in a bag to be brought home. The rest of our guests didn’t even notice… It was a practical way to provide not just one meal, but a week of meals for the family we invited in.

Feasting with a purpose

I loved our evening feasting together, and realized how little chance a family in need has to really enjoy a feast. With Thanksgiving coming up, I want to do it again! Inviting a family in, giving up our leftovers, and sharing a meal is such an easy way to make a drastic difference in the life of our community.

Have you ever shared a meal with a friend in need? Would you try something like this? If we all brainstormed one simple way to share a meal it would be an amazing start. I’d love to hear what you come up with, and so would Unilever! #ShareAMeal with your ideas and the best ones will be featured over at Project Sunlight. Click through also to download a toolkit for your own meal sharing experience.

This post is done in promotional partnership with Unilever’s #ShareAMeal, an initiative I strongly believe in.

(Photography Β© Jill Chen/Stocksy United)