This #NewComfortFood post is sponsored by Foster Farms® Simply Raised
There is no time of the year that food takes center stage more than the holidays. It seems like all of our activities are centered around baking, sipping, or roasting something.
When I was growing up, there was never a shortage of delicious nibbles in my grandmother’s house at Christmas. She welcomed a lot of visitors who loved to stop in and shoot the breeze to catch up a bit before the end of the year. They’d sit at her kitchen table and enthusiastically accept the offer of a piece of cake, or a biscuit with a piece of chicken. My grandmother believed that comfort food made visitors feel at home. She was right.
I miss those days, but they’re not entirely lost. I’ve carried on some of those traditions with me in my own family. Comfort food is a little different these days, though. The #NewComfortFood of our generation is less decadent and more socially conscious. The most important part, the flavor and the sentiment of the meals are still rooted in things that we learned from our mothers and grandmothers. While ingredients and recipes may have evolved over time, comfort food and #NewComfortFood both embody the same thing…home.
Not everyone’s mother cooked like my Grandmom. Not everyone could afford it. A savvy couponer and deal finder, my grandmother was able to stretch a dollar. There was always plenty to eat, no matter what time of the year it was, so no one ever left her home hungry. Her home provided comfort to many of the friends of her seven children.
Foster Farms Provides Comfort to Those in Need
Unfortunately, there are plenty of folks who are in need, and who have no place to go for comfort of any kind. Remembering them this holiday season is part of the social aspect of the #NewComfortFood movement. Foster Farms is leading the way in the Bay Area by supporting the organizations that are making sure everyone has an opportunity to experience the holiday spirit. Here are just a few of the ways that Foster Farms is showing their love for area residents who are in need:
- Foster Farms donates turkeys to local food banks, and since 2008 has provided more than 500,000 holiday meals to people in need. In fact, this year’s donation was 5,997 turkeys, or 110,944 pounds, which added up to about 117,368 servings.
- Foster Farms will donate one meal to local hunger relief organizations for every Foster Farms Bowl ticket purchased. The company is also donating 100 meals for every entry received in its Oh Say, Can You Sing? Contest, in which singers aged 18 and under can audition for a chance to sing the national anthem at the Foster Farms Bowl.
- Foster Farms will provide more than 20,000 Christmas Day meals at GLIDE and St. Anthony’s in San Francisco.
- Since 2009, Food 4 Thought has been a partner of Farms and has been the recipient of more than 1.75 million pounds of food to 5,300 Stanislaus county elementary school students.
Here’s How You Can Help
As you think about your own comfort and enjoy your family, friends, and good food this holiday season, don’t forget about those in need. Whether you give a few hours of your time at a shelter, donate to a cause like the SF-Marin Food Bank, or invite a family over to dinner, like my grandmother proved all of those years ago, it doesn’t take a lot to serve others.