Thanksgiving is coming soon and Christmas just a month after that.
For most of us it will be the holidays as usual -- even if we grumble about higher food prices this year. Inflation has pushed the cost of a traditional festive dinner with turkey or ham and all the trimmings up quite a bit.
But for some higher prices could mean little if anything to put on the holiday table.
Food banks across the nation are having big problems. Supply chain issues, higher food prices and low inventories combine to create a perfect storm for charities whose goal is to feed the needy.
And need is felt the most around the holidays.
Donations of food are always appreciated. But what food banks need most is cash. Just like average households, their costs have risen. Cash donations allow them the flexibility to put funds to work where they are needed most.
It's not too early to start thinking about what the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas really mean. If you can help your local food bank or any charity that helps feed the food insecure, we encourage you to do so.