It's only been a few days since the tsunami ravaged parts of Japan. The pictures are humbling and the stories sobering.

The weekend was spent being grateful for family and friends who are safe, warm and well-fed and praying for those who are remembering happier times.

Then I sat down this morning and read more bad news, unrelated to Japan, but still the kind that leaves you wiping away tears.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to write about food today. I feel ashamed at how often I take it for granted , dressing it up with Truffle Oil and imported Sea Salt. How can I write about food when so many are all at once without it?

Then I reminded myself, Everyday that I eat, somebody somewhere does not.

But shame isn't the answer. Food gives us an opportunity to respond.

A local restaurant, The Herbfarm, responded to the recent earthquake in New Zealand by holding a fundraiser. Patrons were able to donate whatever amount they wished to pay for an extravagant 9-course meal. The food at this restaurant is some of the best in the world.

Their efforts raised over $10,000.

While food gets reduced to a basic need at the point of tragedy, it reminds us of its power. 

A casserole says, We're thinking about you.

A pot of Chicken Noodle Soup says, Get well soon.

A donation to the food bank says, We have plenty and want to share.

Volunteering for a food organization says, I care. 

Responding with food is human nature in good times and in bad. I'm reminded of that today.

Respond.

How are you using food to respond to concerns in your community, your homes, the world?

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