How easy is it for you to get groceries? Do you have a neighborhood market with plenty of good food that you can walk to? Do you have a car with which to travel to grocery stores outside of your neighborhood? Do you even think about what it would be like to not have nearby food outlets? Or to not have a well outfitted kitchen in which to prepare your food?
Today I am thankful for a variety of food outlets within a few minutes of my house. I am thankful for a well stocked grocery shelves with plenty to choose. I am thankful that I can drive to any store in Fresno and get just about any kind of food you can name. In addition to the typical grocery stores, we have numerous ethnic grocers from which to buy all sorts of exotic ingredients if I so choose. I have the means and the funds to buy all of this.
I am thankful for my home kitchen where I can pretty much prepare any food item. I can bake, roast, broil, boil, microwave anything. The one thing I don’t have is an indoor grill, but I’m not one who desires to do much grilling so I’m not concerned about that lack. I have refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher to preserve and clean up.
There are so many who live in food deserts. There is no neighborhood grocer except for liquor, convenience, or fast food stores. Without transportation, people are unable to get fresh foods and meats. If they live in a motel there is no place to prepare or store food. Imagine an ice chest and a microwave as your only means of cooking and you have small children to feed.
So, today I give thanks for the bounty of good food and the ability to prepare it, aware that there are others who do not have this luxury.