On the eve of Thanksgiving, I like to reflect on what I am most thankful for.  Like others, I am grateful for my spouse, who supports and tolerates my wacky consulting schedule, in addition to being a great dad. I’m thankful for my 2 healthy daughters that make me laugh, even when my hair is actively turning gray over their occasional bad grades or torture of the cat.  I’m happy for a solid roof over my head and food on my table every day.  It’s these things that are often taken for granted that count.

I’m also extremely grateful to be able to do the work I do.  I love meeting new people and helping them tweak their diets to be healthier and happier in the long run.  I love the variety of venues I’ve gotten to work in and the excitement a new project brings.  I’ve discovered over several years that I do best when I don’t have to sit still.  I call it RD ADHD.  It is who I am.

What I am most happy (and proud of) is a grant that I recently wrote and won through People’s Liberty.  People’s Liberty is a Cincinnati philanthropic agency that provides grants through the Hale Foundation. Recognizing that Cincinnati has one of the highest rates of poverty in the country, and therefore hunger, prompted me to ask for a grant to fight against food insecurity.  Food insecurity occurs when individuals don’t have access to nutritious food on a regular basis.  It happens in too many communities in our city.

The grant is for $10,000 and for 10 months.  With the help of a great team, we will have 10 Lil Pantries built, designed and placed in low income areas of Cincinnati.  It is my hope that through volunteer food drives and neighbors helping neighbors, we can lessen the burden of food insecurity in our fine city.

For more information about People’s Liberty, check out http://www.peoplesliberty.org



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