Earlier today a person RTed this tweet:
“Mom Of Two” and I talked about this issue for about an hour. She is from the UK and said the same rules apply there. Like she said, these big businesses only have one thing on their mind, GREED.
I was just calming down from this conversation when this RT came across my TL:
Article in the tweet: Feeding the Homeless Appears to Be Illegal in Raleigh, NC
What the hell is wrong with our Country? How can any decent human being not feed a hungry person?
We all know places like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dunkin Donuts throw away enough food to feed every homeless person in their town many times over.
While looking for an answer to the amount of food being thrown away by McDonald’s, (to which I never found straight answer) I came across this:
This one has my blood boiling! Why? First off, how many people have bought fast food and didn’t eat it all and put it in the fridge for the following day? So you are saying that burger put in the fridge until tomorrow is expired? Get the hell out of here!!! That means every family in the world that eats leftovers is eating expired food? And the last sentence, THERE IS NO LEFT OVER FOOD TO DONATE. Umm excuse me how many burgers do you throw away each day??
Many places have tried to cut back on wasted food, but so much is still be thrown away. There are men and woman’s shelters, rescue missions, etc that would be happy to pick up a few left over burgers. Many of these shelters run on generous donations from their communities. With the economy the way it is right now, I am sure these places lost many of their supporters.
I absolutely agree with Don Carpenter on this:
Some are homeless because they lost their job, some because of drug and alcohol problems, many due to the economy, some because their family simply doesn’t want them around, some because of mental illnesses… I am sure there are many other reasons, but these seem to be the most common.
No matter why a person is homeless or poor, there is NO reason they should starve. Many communities have food banks. Once again because of the economy I am sure they had cut backs on their donations.
Here is a simple way we can all help:
Watch the show called Extreme Couponing. They can show you how to get over $1,000 in items for less than $20.00. Many areas also have Dollar Stores (which now take coupons), and some grocery stores have 10 for 10 sales. If you have a coupon for $1.00 off that item is now free. If you have 10 coupons but only need 5 of that item, donate the other 5. If every person took just those few extra minutes, think of all the less fortunate that would be helped. If you pay for those items separately you can use those donations as a tax write off. Some newspaper companies will even give out their left over coupons. Call and ask your local paper if they do it. Sometimes on a Monday you can buy the Sunday paper that is filled with coupons for a discounted rate.
Some food banks and boy scout clubs do food drives, ask your local area if they do this. There are many ways to help the poor and homeless without breaking the bank.
If you bought a new bed quilt because you got a small hole yours, don’t throw away that quilt; give it to someone who needs it.
That goes for animal shelters and vets too. They are always in need of some sort of blankets. Even baby receiving blankets.
After you are done reading this, look around at what you have. Your computer with internet, your state of the art cell phone, your flat screen tv hanging on the wall, your nice warm cozy bed, your bathroom with a shower, your nice clothes, your game systems, all the channels you get on your tv, pictures of your kids - grand kids – family on the walls, your fridge and pantry filled with food, your adorable pets, your furnace for winter and your A/C for summer, your car, your stove and microwave, your washer and dryer…
Now imagine not having ANY of those items, living under a bridge with a 5 year old blanket with lord knows what on it, clothes that have not been washed in a year or so, not being able to shower for weeks, not being able to brush your teeth or even run a comb through your hair… Not eating from day to day because you have no money.
This is not the way ANYONE should live. Please, go out into your community and ask what you can do to help the less fortunate.