Homeless People Deserve Food Too
- Why Are Food-Sharing Programs Important?
- What Do These Laws Do?
- Where Are These Laws Being Enforced?
- Why Do Cities Impose These Laws?
- Case Study: Fort Lauderdale
- 46 million Americans visit food-sharing programs annually. It is estimated that one out of every six Americans go hungry on a daily basis. When one considers the subcategory of homeless individuals and other at-risk populations, hunger is too prevalent to quantify. Inadequate nourishment directly results in innumerable physical, mental, and emotional health consequences that lead to heavy cost burdens, further health concerns, and even death. Addressing hunger is a moral imperative, which draws in thousands of volunteers who feel compelled to help their neighbors in need.
Furthermore, there are numerous stress-factors that homeless individuals must face everyday. One must think about shelter, nutrition, health concerns, and employment as well as fears of being vulnerable to violence and arrest. When people experiencing homelessness can depend on consistent, reliable food-sharing programs, they can at least be sure that their most basic need will be met. Too often, it can be a full-time job keeping track of where and when these programs are available. It is a huge physical and emotional strain to walk the long distances between these programs, with hopes of not missing the narrow window available to receive a meal. Programs that meet homeless individuals where they are, generally in public spaces, are paramount. Not only are people generally more comfortable accepting help, but they save time and ene