It's time to get my some dirt beneath my fingernails.
Tomorrow, I will volunteer for the DTE Energy Gardens Project in a community garden in Pontiac. The produce that is grown is sent to Gleaners, which provides food for local families in need. In 2009, almost eighteen-thousand pounds of produce was harvested, said Marc D Zupmore, DTE Energy Gardens project manager.
My need to feed others is a genetic trait I inherited from my larger-than-life extended family.
"Do you want a sandwich?" an uncle will ask, followed by an offer for some homemade soup, cake, ice tea, etc.
"Are you sure? It will just take a minute. You're looking thin."
"Yep, I already ate."
And before I can come up with yet another reasonable excuse why I am not hungry, a plate of food is set before me.
Now, as an adult, I inflict this same force feeding tactic onto friends.
Many of us show love through food, and I am one of those people. And while the majority of Americans attempt to burn off unnecessary consumed calories — myself included — others can only stare at empty cupboards. What's worse, nutritional food doesn't last as long as processed fare, and tends to be pricier. Thus, those suffering from hunger don't always get a nutritional diet from the food they can afford.
The gardens are attempting to make good on both issues by providing fresh, healthy food to people in need. I can't wait to get outside and play in the soil!