An amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins. It is an essential nutrient in the diet of vertebrates.
Often attributed to Thanksgiving drowsiness, it is a common misconception that Tryptophan is responsible for the food coma that follows Thanksgiving Dinner. Pumpkin seeds, cheese and even beef have MORE of the chemical. Therefore, it is likely your drowsiness is simply caused by eating just a little too much.
This Thanksgiving, before your friends and family indulge in the feasting, take a moment to reflect on those who don’t have the savory choices before you. Consider the families that would willingly take the scraps off your table, the leftovers you forget in the fridge. Consider an alternative to the food coma that follows overindulgence.
Rather than overeat this Thanksgiving, here are some organizations that will take leftover food donations:
Your Local Food Banks:
Too many cans of cranberry sauce? Extra boxes of Stove Top™ overwhelming your pantry? Contact your local Food Bank to determine what types of items they are willing to collect for those in need. You’d be surprised what they’re able to take!
Homeless Shelters & Charities:
People in need of housing are likely in need of food. Find a Salvation Army location near you to find out where you can donate your savory surplus.
Make, Bake & Take to Your Local Church:
In addition to food pantries, did you know some churches have prepared-meal ministries? Volunteers prepare and deliver cooked dishes to families that may be experiencing hardship due to life-changing events such as a birth, a death or loss of income. Visit Church Finder for a listing of local churches to inquire about prepared-meal programs.
But who’s going to get the food to those who need it?
Rather than braving the holiday hurricane that is Black Friday, consider spending the day donating your time and service to one of the organizations listed above. You can also visit your local Red Cross to find the right spot for you and your family to serve this season. On Black Friday, don't shop. Share.