Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. We hope you’re finding comfort today even if you’re having to break from normal traditions to keep yourself and your family safe.

First: The pandemic has made the struggle to put food on the table much harder for households battling food insecurity this holiday season.

Then: Area doctors and nurses have every good reason to scream about the behavior they know all too well threatens lives. But are they screaming into an abyss?

And: Let’s check in on how the ski season in the Poconos is adapting.

We hope you have a relaxing rest of the week. This newsletter is taking a short break, too, and we’ll be back in your inbox on Monday. Take care of yourselves.

— Ashley Hoffman (@_ashleyhoffman, morningnewsletter@inquirer.com)

Hunger among families with children rages, as Americans lack confidence in having enough food for the next four weeks

My colleague Alfred Lubrano talked with families who fear that there won’t be enough food for their children this winter.

They are just some of the millions of Americans who were already struggling before the pandemic. Now, the economic slowdown has made food assistance programs all the more crucial for families to make sure their kids have enough to eat. But this year’s instability has brought so much change in employment that the holidays are creating even more uncertainty for families facing food deprivation. Our story focuses on how families are struggling to feed their children adequately and healthfully.

“As we think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ve not only lost the in-person ability to celebrate with all our loved ones but, for so many, the cupboards are empty,” Joseph Llobrera, director of research for food-assistance policy at CBPP, told us.

Exhausted health-care workers ‘scream into the abyss’ about rising coronavirus cases

Health-care workers aren’t getting what they need from the public anymore.

The pot banging and cheery chalk messages for health-care workers have faded, but that’s just fine with the Philadelphia-area physicians and nurses we spoke with. What they are worried about is what they’re seeing.

People are flouting safety guidance. They are ignoring mandates and spreading the virus, infecting health-care workers who are strained as it is in the process. Now they fear that there won’t be enough staff to get everyone the attention they need.

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Through your eyes | #OurPhilly

As our feeds are flooded with all of the delicious things today, this peaceful block is a nice feast for the eyes. Thanks for sharing this one @phillywanders and all the other excellent snaps of Fitler Square.

Tag your best photos from this year on Instagram with #OurPhilly by Dec. 4 for a chance to be a part of our Year in Pictures. Our photographers will pick their favorites to feature in a community gallery on Inquirer.com. And as always, tag your Instagram posts or tweets with #OurPhilly and we’ll pick our favorite each day to feature in this newsletter and give you a shout-out! What did 2020 look like through your lens?

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“Even as we recognize the pain and despair of this moment, we are grateful for many things — and for many people. At the top of the list: front-line workers, those who, as coronavirus cases rise, can’t stay at home.” — The Inquirer Editorial Board gives thanks to front-line workers who keep our loved ones, society, and democracy alive.

What we’re reading

Your Daily Dose of | Determination

If you’re looking for a story about the triumph of the human spirit, look no further than Pamela McGonigle. She’s an athlete with blindness, and that hasn’t stopped her from establishing herself in sports. She became a four-time Paralympian in track and field who captured three bronze medals in 1992, and her gold medal has a sweet meaning.