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Vanessa Coffman

Vanessa Coffman

CLF-Lerner Fellow

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Tis the season for giving…expired food.

RS81_Metal cans on assembly line 78429919-scr copyThe moment Thanksgiving ended, the 25-foot Christmas tree went up in my building’s lobby, carols began blasting on holiday-only radio stations, and even Janice in accounting now cheerily wishes me a pleasant day. And while you or I may not celebrate religious festivities, the cool winter air, decorations, and holiday parties do inspire—for some—the spirit of giving, love, and celebration.

For many, however, this is a season of anxiety. How will I buy food? Will the food bank have holiday items? How will I explain this situation to my kids if we fall short? Read More >