Washington, D.C. (AHN) - This Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated across the country by people sitting down to eat together, a tradition that started with 53 pilgrims gathering with 90 Indians to sit together and enjoy a public feast celebrating and sharing a bountiful harvest.
And while America is known for being a land of plenty, that isn't the case for all. People in at least 14.6 percent of all households in the United States went hungry at some point last year. That rate was "the highest recorded prevalence rate of food insecurity since 1995 when the first national food security survey was conducted," the Economic Research Service (ERS) wrote in a statement on its Website. ERS is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
So while President Barack Obama and his family spend Thanksgiving Day at home in the White House, and millions of Americans gather in private homes with friends and relatives to feast together, thousands of volunteers around the country are continuing the tradition of a public feast by preparing food and inviting people who are homeless, or less fortunate, or elderly or simply alone to gather to eat together and share the bounty.
In addition to public gatherings, thousands of volunteers across the country will also deliver Thanksgiving meals to the elderly or to invalids who are housebound.
The first Thanksgiving was a three-day feast celebrated by the pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts in 1621. The annual Thanksgiving Day tradition as Americans now celebrate didn't become a federal holiday until 1941.
The AHN Media family wishes all our readers a happy Thanksgiving Day.