January 27th, 2021

I love hearing stories of people helping others. Last night’s newscast included a story of a woman who had her own food bank in her garage —-helping neighbors and friends who are suffering from job losses, covid, etc. She stocks it from her own pocket and opens once a week. Awesome!

You may also have heard of Jose Andres. In 2016 he was awarded a National Humanities award at the White House. But he didn’t stop there. He has continued to feed thousands of people with his non-profit, World  Central Kitchen, devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. He wrote a book*  about his experiences in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. But now with so many people losing jobs, income and homes, he has turned to helping Americans here at home get through covid 19.

He was born in Spain, but became a U.S. citizen in 2013. Recently a well-known columnist called him a “nut foreigner” for suggesting President Biden use FEMA to address hunger in the covid pandemic in the US. He replied,

“I’m so proud you called me a Nut. Nuts are fruits where the ovary walls become hard…so I can protect my people and everyone else. Nuts like me?? Energy-dense, nutrient-rich, what we need to feed the USA. Nuts? You right, girl! Foreigners like almonds and pistachios!”

But here’s my favorite quote:

We need longer tables…not higher walls.

I say, “Amen!” to that, Jose! Keep up the good work! Jose does not take too much credit either. He is quick to acknowledge all the people who help him with hands-on and the many who send donations to his cause. He believes those who can help others have an obligation to do so.

* His book, “We Fed an Island: The Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time,”  published by Harper Collins is also available in audiobook.

Okay, Peace keepers, be on the lookout for goodness!!

Ciao for now…Patty ?✌️???‍?

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