I am going to be on television. It will be a fleeting interview about a subject I feel very passionate about but I am now starting to sweat the small details. Can I remember not to curse? Will the 10 lbs the camera adds make me look like a beached whale? And what the hell do I have in my closet that will help me not look like a road beacon or a clown?
I am that much of a self-professed nerd that I actually Googled what to wear on a TV interview. It was actually quite helpful so I’m glad for my nerd-ish tendencies. The cursing is another subject, all things considered, but I’m certain I can hold it together.
One of our local news stations is coming up to Muskoka to do a brief segment about the Crockpot Freezer Meals I have been organizing for our local food bank. The news personality coming to do the interview actually did a four-day challenge to eat only the food provided by her local food bank and her struggles were palpable, to say the least. She photographed her meals along the way and the results were far from appetizing. There is only so much you can do with processed, no-name pasta, canned sauce, tuna and canned fruit.
I have always loved cooking. Perhaps I have taken for granted my access to fresh meat and vegetables, but this project has made me truly value my good fortune and my goal is to help create some of the same good fortune for those who struggle through the winter months.
Our town is very seasonal with respect to many things and jobs are at the forefront of the shortages. And some families who may find success in the booming summer months are left to visit the local food banks in the winter months to help supplement their supply of necessary items to make it through the tough times. That, to me, seems egregiously unfair and the reason I began http://www.gofundme.com/dollarsfordinners
So, regardless of whether I look like a street clown or Shamu on a good day, I will face those TV cameras. I will tell my story of Crockpot Freezer meals in hopes that other communities may recognize the possibility of doing the same thing in their small towns.
It takes a village, not only to raise a child but, to empower a community that we can all say we were an active part of making a success.