I will soon complete my 1000th mitzvah, after more than 2 years working on this project. I have learned so much and am amazed what doors have opened since I decided to share my story. People have been asking me what I was going to do for the 1000th one. In honor of my Dad, it must be related to food.
My father loved to cook. He made me Cream of Wheat cereal many snowy, cold Vermont mornings. I remember him handing the steaming bowl to me with milk and raisins. It’s still one of my favorite breakfasts. When I grew up, my father and stepmother hosted an engagement party for my husband-to-be and me in their home. Their gift to us was a fabric three-ring binder, filled with recipes from their friends. They also included several of their favorites as well. The binder holds all of our recipes and I pull it out several times a week. For years now, I have made my father’s chicken piccata recipe with just five ingredients. It is easy and delicious. When I think of my Dad, I often think of his great big hands delicately cutting onions or other vegetables, arranging the food just so on the platter or cooking up a storm with some new recipe. I guess cooking is in my genes.
As the economic times have affected so many people, many of the food banks are struggling to keep up with the need. So my request to you TODAY as part of helping me achieve this 1000th mitzvah is to give food or money to your local Jewish Family Services, food bank, shelter, person in need down the street, etc. $1 is equivalent to 5 lbs of food. Please give generously. Sign your name on the comments after you have donated. Thank you for joining me in my mitzvah project.
If you live in the Portland metro area here are a couple of suggestions:
Oregon Food Bank PO Box 55370 Portland, OR www.oregonfoodbank.org
Sunshine Pantry 7795 S.W. Cirrus Drive Beaverton, Oregon www.sunshinepantry.org
SW Hope Neighborhood House 7780 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, Oregon www.swhope.org