created at: 2013-11-29Since the late 1800s, the first day of Chanukkah and Thanksgiving have not fallen on the same day – until this year. The convergence of these two holidays is so rare, the next occurrence won’t happen for more than 78,000 years.

Naturally, this once in a lifetime occasion has led many to humorously dub Thursday “Thanksgivukkah.” And why not? These two holidays – both with universal values like togetherness, hope, unity, and, of course, gratitude – are essentially sharing the same table. Families all across Massachusetts will be coming together as they always do to celebrate… And perhaps this year, they’ll leave a little room on their plates next to the turkey and stuffing for some potato latkes!

As we observe this dual holiday, it’s important to remember that for many people across Greater Boston, Thanksgivukkah will be like any other day – a day in which they are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families. Food insecurity doesn’t diminish during the holidays, it’s amplified.

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