What do poverty, yachts, and gardening have in common?

On Friday nights I often curl up on my couch with a cup of tea and a movie. This week I decided to watch American Winter, a documentary that follows 8 Oregon families that happened to call the state’s 211 hotline looking for help with their desperate financial situations. It’s a heartbreaking movie, really. It made me feel guilty about every penny I spent on dry-cleaning and junk food over the past few days. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the gut-wrenching gist:

I felt especially guilty watching this documentary knowing that I would be spending Saturday night on a yacht. To be fair, it’s a charity fundraiser, but still…it’s a yacht.

The boat leaves from Greenwich, and I will be rubbing elbows with people who make absurd amounts of money… the kind of money that makes me angry.

Let’s just hope neither I nor anyone else goes overboard.

Feeling guilty, I started to think about what I could do to help my neighbors struggling with food insecurity and homelessness. And since I spent the last couple of afternoon planting the first plants in my vegetable garden, I decided that this year I would be donating my surplus produce to local food banks. So let’s keep our fingers crossed, and hope that my garden does especially well this year so I can spread the love. If you’re a gardener and are interested in helping your local food bank, checking out AmpleHarvest.org.

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