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Senator Hatch introduced a resolution to the Senate which passed, designating November 16th as “Feed America” day. The resolution calls for citizens to fast two meals on the 16th (one week before Thanksgiving) and donate the money they would have spent on the meals to a religious or charitable organzation.
Designating Thursday, November 16, 2006, as “Feed America Day”.
Whereas Thanksgiving Day celebrates the spirit of selfless giving and an appreciation for family and friends;
Whereas the spirit of Thanksgiving Day is a virtue upon which the United States was founded;
Whereas, in 2006, great numbers of citizens of the United States continue to suffer hunger and other privations;
Whereas selfless sacrifice breeds a genuine spirit of Thanksgiving, both affirming and restoring the fundamental principles of the society of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate–
(1) designates Thursday, November 16, 2006, as “Feed America Day”; and
(2) calls upon the people of the United States–
(A) to sacrifice 2 meals on Thursday, November 16, 2006; and
(B) to donate to a religious or charitable organization of their choice the money that they would have spent on food for that day for the purpose of feeding the hungry.
Unsurprisingly, November 16th came and went without this resolution getting any media attention. The idea is an interesting one, intermingling a religious element with politics (strictly on a voluntary basis). It reminds me of the family night my mom, a city councilwoman in Poway, organized and instituted (which received favorable media coverage and calls from other cities wanting to do the same).