December 2016 Lifestyle Letter

The Utah Food Bank says that “417,000 Utahns, which equates to one in seven Utahns, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that one in five Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from.”

In this month of eating, and an appropriately themed food issue, food–and the lack thereof–is on my mind.

I’m not great with suffering. Get me 15 minutes past lunch time and I’m hangry and beside myself dreaming about food. So the statistic that relates a chronic hunger among me hurts my heart. And my tummy.

November’s focus revolves around a feast, and the menu-planning, grocery shopping and entertaining this day entails seems to signify that this is when “Season’s Eatings” truly begins. I am full just thinking about it. But this month also revolves around gratitude, and I hope that even amid this impending holiday busy-ness, we take a minute (or an hour, or a minute for 30 days) to note all the little somethings each of us have to be grateful for. It seems almost blatant, that in this community there is ease and abundance, but the truth lies somewhere beyond that simple idea, and in every heart and behind every closed decorated door, there are struggles few of us deign to imagine.

Maybe the struggle is more than hunger, but maybe it’s hunger.

So I am extremely pleased that in this issue of Draper Lifestyle, you can read about a food bank in our midst, and the local do-gooders who feed tummys and hearts not just around the holidays, but year round.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends,

Brooke Benton, Editor