EDITORIAL — Please, when possible, consider donating to food pantries

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, we at The Observer take this time to encourage all of our readers to consider donations to local food pantries.

This year has been one for the history books and in many cases, not for the better. And the harsh reality is that there are more families this year who are in dire situations of food insufficiency. 

One only needs to look at the line that wraps around Laurel Avenue in Kearny from in front of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington each Friday to know more and more families are relying on the generosity of others just to get by.

Whether it’s the Kearny Food Pantry Network, other church-based pantries, the outreach program led by Phil Stafford, or anywhere else, we have learned, in the most difficult of ways, that most of the food programs locally are in need of help — just a week away from the holiday.

These social justice agencies work so hard to put food on the tables of those who might otherwise go without.

And so if you’re in the position to donate, please do so so that all sustenance programs may do what they do best — helping others.

It is at times like these that we realize just how generous our local communities are. 

So let’ s all do our part to make this Thanksgiving one we can all remember for a long time to come, despite all else going on in the world.

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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.