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Home for Dinner by Michael Thompson, Anne K. Fishel

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Extending the Dinner Table to the Wide World

Dinner sits at the hub of a wheel with spokes extending in many directions. One spoke is an opportunity to have a conversation about economic disparities that lead to poverty, diabetes, and obesity; another spoke reminds us to protect the environment by not wasting food and by eating in a “green way”; while other spokes serve as starting points for school-age kids to become activists or as bridges to fund-raisers in the service of social justice. Dinner can also be a passport to other countries. Food is the ultimate connector—to our environment, to our fellow citizens who don’t have enough to eat, and to our basic humanity—because everyone must eat to live. This chapter is about some of the ways ...

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