Easy Food to Feed the Homeless

Homeless and Feeding the Homeless

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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.


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Ingredients and Instructions

Here is what you will need:

9 dozen eggs


15 pounds potatoes


100 flour tortillas

1 stick butter


canola oil


salt
pepper



4/25 sheet boxes foil sheets


ice chest
2 skillets and 2 spoons or spatulas
2 casserole dishes

2 round pizza pans, work space


2 people

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.


Update 2013

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.

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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.

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree with you somewhat. Some of these people are not capable of caring for themselves. The government needs to care for these people. Those who can move back into society should be offered opportunities. Coming back from homelessness takes time and patience from the caregivers. Even those who desire to reestablish their lives find it takes months to access the resources needed with help from caring individuals and organizations.

When people lose everything right down to their identification cards some organizations refuse to let them have a bed for the night. These people must have assistance to eat, sleep, and obtain ss cards, id cards, etc. before they can move on to legitimate work opportunities and financial independence.

I was shocked when I became involved in the Compassion Ministry to learn the amount of red tape involved in rehabilitating people. It is not surprising that most give up.

Thank you for your comment.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Your are making still another great contribution toward helping the homeless with this hub, Smireless. Offering food and other necessities through such organizations as the Compassion Ministry is important. However, I believe the homelessness problem won't be solved until the government step up and provides the resources necessary to solve it.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Marieryan! There are many wealthy people here in the states, but underneath all that glitz there are many poor and homeless. I am glad I could illuminate this a little for you. Blessings!


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marieryan 6 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

From Europe we have the impression that the U.S.A. is just all the glitz of New York, Manhatten, Los Angeles,...what we see in the television series.

It's is a wonderful thing to be able to actually physically help these people, and not simply donate to some international organisation, which will use your money as IT deems fit! (some of it going to high salaries). This article has really brought another view of America to me. Thanks.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

I strongly feel that we need to raise awareness of this problem. I am embarrassed that I did not know about this or take the time to know about this problem sooner. My hat is off to all the people who are passionate about working with and helping these people.

Thanks for taking time to comment!


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I don't think enough can be said about homelessness in America. It exists, and as your figures show, it exists in large numbers.

I think it's also worth saying that many are hungry even though they might not be homeless. Our food stamp program does not always provide what it should.

Thumbs up for doing your part to put this tragedy in front of those who are uninformed about hunger and homelessness in America.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Tom. Your kind words are appreciated.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Smirles,

You and your husband are great examples of the Spirt of Christ in your giving to the poor people in our country. Be blessed.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Philipo, America is a blessed country but every country has a down side. There are many poor people here who need help. Unfortunately, many times they are the forgotten people. Blessings!


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Thanks for the enlightenment. Back here in my home country, Nigeria we see American as a place where there is free flow of milk and honey.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for your kind comments, eovery. We must all find our area to serve. Blessings!


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Yeah, I understand you have to feed them first, then they need to start a plan to get out of the situation.

Thanks for caring and taking care of them.

Keep on hubbing!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, eovery! We each do our part. They need to learn new skills but they have to eat, too! Blessings!


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

This is nice and temporal.

I like to work on the solution with teaching them skills which will enable them to get a good job, so they can get out of this situation.

Keep on hubbing!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Pamela99! In Houston we have some homeless people on the street who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and that have never recovered. We met two people who lost their entire family during that storm. Their lives have never been the same!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Smireles, Homelessness is heartbreaking. I think a lot of people think the homeless are worthless druggies and alcoholics but that isn't true. I really have concern for the children. This was a great article because it gave you step by step a way to make a difference.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

You are absolutely right, Ann! Until I began working with my organization I was totally convinced that there could not be hunger in this country because of the food stamp (in Texas Lone Star) program. I was wrong.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

So often when we think of homeless people we subconsciously think of third world countries. We are such a rich and over blessed country it seems that it would be impossible to happen in our beloved states! Thank you, Smireles, for bringing about awareness on this subject and helping! This hub proves that a little goes a long ways!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Tony. My husband and I work with a Compassion Ministry that feeds and clothes the homeless in our city. It is a worthwhile and fulfilling opportunity to serve. Blessings!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Homelessness is a horrible situation that afflicts millions of people around the world. There is a systemic problem which creates this situation for a large proportion of homeless people, those who do not choose to be living rough. I know that some do.

Feeding the hungry, especially the children, is essential, and so is working to change the system that creates homelessness.

Thanks for sharing this way of helping people who so desperately need it.

Love and peace

Tony

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