do you feed the less fortunate?
i'm not really sure which board to post this on, but i was curious to know if other hounds give food to the homeless. my sister came to visit last week, and somehow i ended up with about 9 different loaves of bread... long story short, i made a ton of savory bread pudding (bread, spinach, kale, bacon, onion, dry vella jack, bulgarian feta, egg, whole milk - yes, i was trying to clear out the fridge!). i still have some in the freezer (i usually freeze leftovers and eat leftovers during the week for lunch and dinner - i hate wasting and throwing away food) and even took a container to work for co-workers. i ended up filling up a 32 oz yogurt container with bread pudding and giving it to a guy on the corner that i pass by every day on my way to work. i'd much rather give food to someone who will appreciate it than force myself to eat it just because it's there.
so, have you fed or helped out the less fortunate?
I used to work at a corporate cafeteria downtown SF. At the end of the day any leftover pre-made sandwiches, muffins, and other pastries were up for grabs. I'd take some to give out the homeless guy passed every day.
Lately there's been a homeless guy hanging out on the corner near my apartment. He's a nice enough guy, and I've given him an apple or granola bar if I have it left from the lunch I packed for work.
About once a year I will treat a homeless person to some fast food. I sit down and talk with them and try to see what is keeping them on the street or if I can help in any reasonable way. The stories are sometimes sad and make me realize how close a lot of normal every day hard working people are close to that edge of having no place to turn but the street.
I also have on even more occasions grabbed a certain homeless guy I know here in Detroit and take him to a local dive bar for a few beers. Usually in the winter. He is a guy that will be on the street till they day he dies. He has no urge in working or getting off the streets. He is not a abuser of alcohol or drugs from what I can tell....he is just one lazy SOB that does not like playing the 9-5 game.
lol i do this too! when i'm abroad. the look in their eyes is priceless! i have walked up and down Vancouver's infamous east Hastings street countless times in my youth and i did want to treat someone to some decent fast food but they were all so gone in the head. i handed someone a bag and told them 'enjoy'. i went back recently after a long absence and nothing has changed. more frightening is seeing very young women who have ended up on E. Hastings these days.
before leaving for my holiday i always look up a certain orphanage or someplace. i fill half my backpack with stuff to give away and when i get there i give it to the children in person. in Pnom Penh i brought stuff to give to children living in a landfill but next time i would treat them to lunch. i still remember the sight of them running towards me/us with their bags of rubbish, and later the smiles on their faces so pure and heartbreaking.
however it's not easy to pull my heart strings!
I regularly clear out my pantry and send stuff to the food shelf here. I've also been considering volunteering at the local food shelf as a cook one day a month.
If I have an excess amount of food such as after a party, I try to give it to someone who would appreciate it, whether it be a homeless person, a service employee who has to work through the holidays or anyone for whom a home-cooked meal would be a luxury. If I don't come across someone, I try to leave the food in a closed container next to a garbage can where someone will find the meal.
About five years ago my family and I interviewed with the Director of a group home as in house bakers. We bake bread every Wed night. Last year we added baking lessons to their program schedule. Each member of my family takes a turn at instruction.
I'd encourage everyone to find a way to connect with people on the dark end of a bump in the road. Such straits could be any one of us.