Now Let Us Give Thanks

By Ed Nicholson

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a tremendous family, good health, and live in the best country in the world. Lots for which to be thankful. I also have one of the best jobs in the world. Every day, my job reminds me of how thankful I should be. You see, neither I nor any of my family has ever gone hungry.

While I stand on a high hill watching people being fed, I also get to look in another direction and get a panoramic view of food being grown, produced and taken to market. Because I know how many people and how much work is involved in that process, it’s easy for me to be grateful for the Thanksgiving meal I’ll share with my family this year.

I’m thankful for the farmers, no matter their size and production techniques. Without them, none of us would be fed. Farming’s hard work that takes a commitment that goes way beyond that of simply making a living.

I’m thankful for the people who pick up, process and deliver food to market. Also hard work, often with very thin margins, and certainly no guarantees of success. Some of them are my own teammates, so I get to see up close and personal how passionate they are about feeding people. I’m humbled and honored to be able to share the products of their hard work.

I’m thankful for people in grocery stores, farmer’s markets, restaurants, institutional kitchens, food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens—anywhere food is conveyed to those of us who will consume it.

I’m thankful that we live in a country that produces a bounty of food. I’m hopeful we’ll continue to explore new ways that bounty can be shared among those who don’t have enough. I’m also hopeful that any changes we make in the way we produce food will allow us to continue to feed our country, in addition to many across the globe.

This week, we’re joining hundreds in support of the AgChat Foundation’s #foodthanks effort to give credit to all those who help bring meals to our table year-round. You can join the effort by using your blog, Twitter or Facebook account tomorrow with the #foodthanks hashtag. Find out more by visiting http://foodthanks.com/

Now let us give thanks.

4 thoughts on “Now Let Us Give Thanks

  1. Chris Secoy

    Mr. Nicholson,

    I have been looking to find a way to contact you directly but, no luck so far. As stated in a few other places I am a DBA student at Argosy University in Chicago. I am currently in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) class, and i need to find a corporation with a CSR policy and I see that Tyson foods is doing wuite a bit in fighting hunger, and helping communities, and projects to help the enviroment. i also saw that in November of 2008 you spoke on CSR at Iowa State. So if there is any help you can give me in this area I would be very appreciative.

  2. Michael E. Rubin

    I’m thankful for peers like you, Ed, who lead in social media by example. What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing.

    — Michael E. Rubin, Social Media Strategist, Fifth Third Bank
    Disclosure: I’m a Fifth Third employee, and this is my pinion.

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