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KEVIN: SNAP Challenge Day Two

There is a reason for the adage – a picture is worth a thousand words. My lunch on Thursday (pictured here) consisted of a peanut butter sandwich (.07 cents), a banana (.16 cents) and a carrot (.07 cents). For .30 cents, it was a pretty nutritious meal.

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and this year Americans will spend, on average, $45.79 for a traditional meal for a gathering of 10 people. That’s a 16-pound turkey with all of the fixings, including pumpkin pie with whipped cream, for $4.58 a person.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I intend to enjoy every bite of my meal that day. We all should. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.

But what if every American donated just .30 cents – the cost of a peanut butter sandwich, banana and carrot – to meals on wheels or a local food shelf on Thanksgiving? If that were to happen, by the end of Thanksgiving Day more than $92 million would have been raised for hunger relief in this country. That would be one more thing to be grateful for.

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