A sweet way to save lives

Food blogger Jane Maynard discusses the luxury of food and our ability to share it.

I am a food blogger, which means I think about food all the time. Even without a food blog, as a mother of three, I have to think about food all the time-mealtime and snack time seem to always be happening! Whether for the blog or for my family, the reason food is always on my mind is because we have it in abundance. We are so blessed. Food is nourishment but it is also enjoyment and livelihood.

There are so many in this world who live every day without such luxury. Because, yes, my relationship with food is a luxury. I choose what I eat each day. I can try whatever recipe I want. My grocery stores have more food than I could ever use or try.

But, each day, people do not have food to eat. Basic food. Forget fancy (or even not-so-fancy) recipes, there are mothers just like me the world over struggling to simply find something, anything, to feed their children. Malnutrition is a secret killer of children each and every day. I wish with all my heart I could make dinner for all these dear children. While that is impossible, it is possible for me to do my part to help.

Sweet potato recipes. Photo credit: Marcus Samuelsson 

It’s February, the month of love, and we have a lot of love to give! Today is a special day, Sweet Potato Day! A fabulous group of bloggers want to make a difference, so we are joining forces with ONE to make the sweet potato famous. We’re putting this hearty, nutritional vegetable in the spotlight. The sweet potato is saving lives and, with our voices joined together, we can help the sweet potato in its cause!

Today we are all writing about sweet potatoes. We are sharing recipes. We are sharing thoughts. We are sharing memories. And we are letting our voices be heard. We are sending letters to Congress and we are signing petitions. And hopefully Sweet Potato Day, coupled with a little love and effort, can do the so-called “impossible” and save lives.

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Read the great blog posts below and share in the sweet potato love! Then join us and SEND a LETTER to your member of Congress and SIGN the PETITION to fight malnutrition and hunger.

Read these articles, then sign the petition here!


Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos from This Week for Dinner
Truffle Sweet Potato Frites from Savory Sweet Life
Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Stew from Chefdruck
Honey Sweet Potato Biscuits from Food for My Family
Sweet Potato Burgers from Cutie Booty Cakes
What’s Gaby Cooking and Sweet Potato Day
The Mission List and Sweet Potato Day
World Moms Blog and Sweet Potato Day
Go Graham Go and Sweet Potato Day
Cranberry Sweet Potato Crumb Cake from Barbara Bakes
Bourbon and Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes from Boston Mamas
Documama and Sweet Potato Day
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding from Eat the Love
Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potatoes and Sausage from Kitchen Gadget Girl
Sweet Potato Love To Help End World Hunger from Love That Max
Celebrating Sweet Potato Day with Mom Trends
Sweet Potato Chili from Righteous Bacon
Cooking Sweet Potatoes for Picky Eaters from Rookie Moms
Sweet Potatoes and Global Health from Third Eye Mom
Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Kielbasa ONE Skillet Bake from Tickled Red
Sweet, Dude, Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash from Helen Jane
Oh My Sweet Potato Apple Bake from Bowl Licker
Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin from Non-Reactive Pan
Sweet Potato Fries from When You Wake Up a Mother (also found on Million Moms Challenge)

Jane Maynard is the founder of and food blogger for This Week for Dinner, a contributor to the The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter at janemaynard.