I’ve heard the confused refrain over and over, from friends, colleagues and certainly my wife, “This Twitter thing everyone is talking about … I just don’t GET IT. Who CARES what you had for breakfast this morning!?” They are referring to the 140-character “micro-blog” messages that users publish to a web page for a list of “followers” interested in what they have to say.

When it comes to putting an end to hunger, there’s no time to waste. Here’s another example of a food bank that puts its purpose and need on the outer envelope in the hopes that recipients will pick up on this urgency and go inside. It’s a Thanksgiving voucher mailing from the San Diego Food Bank printed on cheap paper, with minimal colors, zero gloss and sparse elements. It screams budget, and it works. Why? Because its budget appearance validates the need it shouts on the 4.75-inch-by-6.5-inch outer, “3 Thanksgiving Meals—Just $1. Help Provide Food For Hungry Kids and Families. Immediate Reply Requested.” The mailing is

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