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    Posted November 29, 2011 by
    Unity, Maine

    Blogger uses chopsticks to eat every meal for a year to raise $ for Feeding America.


    The holiday season revolves around family, the spirit of giving, and as some would argue most importantly, food.

    Food is a luxury item, not just to those in third world countries, but to people in our own communities across America.

    One blogger hopes to make a difference. Ari Leach, a senior at Unity College in Maine, has challenged herself to eat every meal for a year with chopsticks in order to raise money for and bring awareness to hunger in America.

    Why chopsticks? Ari says "Chopsticks make us slow down, bring awareness to our food, and really savor each bite. If you have to work for every grain of rice in your bowl, it makes you appreciate it much more."

    She says eating with chopsticks has not only made her more aware of what she is consuming, but it is helping others around her become more aware of their own consumption.  "For every 5 bites they're shoveling into their mouths with a spoon, I am savoring one with chopsticks."

    She has had people inquire about why she is using chopsticks to eat strange food such as baked beans. She uses those opportunities to share her challenge with others and urge them to donate to Feeding America or their local food bank.

    Every dollar makes a difference, she says.  Every $1 donated to Feeding America provides 8 meals to someone in need. When was the last time $1 bought you 8 of anything?

    Let's all take a moment before dinner this evening, remember that it isn't just children far-away that are going to bed hungry. People in our own communities are going to bed without dinner, and don't know where breakfast will come from.

    To learn more about the project or Ari, check out the blog


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