Easy Food to Feed the Homeless
Homeless and Feeding the Homeless
Homeless in America
It is an unfortunate truth that many people in our cities have no place to live other than the streets. They also have no food, and the truth about some of the organizations that most of us believe are helping these people, is that they do not do enough. Some of these organizations offer a place to sleep for a price.
The stories told by some of these street people are truly heart breaking. You or your organization can make a difference by designating a day every week or two to regularly feed these needy people.
According to a December 2000 report of the US conference of mayors between 700,000 and 2 million people sleep on the streets on any given night. At least 44% of the homeless are single men while 36% are families with children. Most of them work at least part time but are unable to make enough money to provide a place to live and food too.
You can make a difference in the lives of a few of these people by making and delivering food during the week or on the weekend at safe areas where these people meet. A few simple ingredients you can purchase for around $35 or $40 will feed fifty people.
Ingredients and Instructions
Here is what you will need:
9 dozen eggs
15 pounds potatoes
100 flour tortillas
1 stick butter
4/25 sheet boxes foil sheets
2 skillets and 2 spoons or spatulas
2 casserole dishes
2 round pizza pans, work space
Working together, one person peels and dices potatoes into 1/2 inch squares while the other breaks the eggs into a large bowl. Set up your work station with the casserole dishes and make a space to roll the potatoes and eggs into the flour tortillas.
Place the tortillas on the pizza pans, cover with foil and warm in the oven at 300 degrees until the first batch of food is ready to be assembled. Each person takes a duty. One cooks while the other makes the breakfast tacos. Continue cooking until all food is prepared. Stack the breakfast tacos in the ice chest and in about 2 hours you are ready to deliver your food.
This is a very easy budget friendly project that will be very helpful to those needy people who are hungry and in need.
Feeding the homeless is not as simple as it was in previous years. Many cities have enacted laws making it illegal for individuals to distribute food to the homeless staying under bridges or sleeping on the streets. Mayor Bloomberg enacted laws against individuals donating food to homeless shelters because the amount of salt, fat and fiber cannot be measured. Houston and many other cities across America have also enacted laws against feeding the homeless. Since the financial crisis in 2008 the numbers of unemployed and homeless have increased.
Homeless Statistics Updated 2011
According to the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) information updated in July 2011, 109,812individuals were chronically homeless in 2010. On any night one might find up to as many as 407,966 individuals in various shelters that report numbers around the country. This number is a decrease from the previous year by 1%. The number of homeless families is not included in these statistics.
Roughly 26% of the homeless who stayed in shelters that reported statistics were suffering from mental illness, while 34.7% were suffering from chronic substance abuse.
- Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminis
Substance Abuse Prevention
- Homelessness Resource Center
Statistic on current homelessness in America 2010
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