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Mobile meals program fits niche in low-income neighborhoods.
My husband and I have donated to this organization for many years. We love what they are doing.
So inspiring!! Food that would be going to waste is now going to people and communities!! And organic food at that...revolutionary!
These folks are awesome, a very positive organization.
I agree with polifreezon and papagio1. I had never heard of them before. Here's the link to their website for more information, including how to donate: http://sisterscamelot.org/
I think Sister's Camelot is a great organization that does some really good things in a unique way. About a year ago, one of their canvasser's came to my door soliciting donations. The woman was very nice, had a solicitor's badge issued by my city (which impressed me) and convinced me to give a cash donation even though I had never heard of them. Coincidentally, last month when walking in the Midtown Greenway area, I came upon their operation as they served meals to anyone out of their bus. Really impressive - I decided to put them on my annual donation list.
Refreshing and wonderful grassroots approach, skipping bureaucracy, just helping people directly. They truly have love and compassion in their hearts, a model we can all follow.
Hanging out a "Free Meal" sign isn't feeding those that are truly in need, it is feeding anyone that wants a meal. Big deal. Makes you feel good to give away meals, but solves no problem.
A young girl was walking along the beach. The receding tide had stranded numerous starfish. The girl began picking them up and tossing them back into the water.
Engrossed, she didn't notice the crusty old fisherman quietly watching her. Finally, he asked, gruffly, "What are you doing?" to which she smiled and enthusiastically replied, "I'm saving the starfish."
He laughed. "Look down the beach," he said. "There are thousands of starfish washed up here. You can't hope to save them all. You're just wasting your time."
The girl stopped for a moment. Then she picked up a starfish and threw it far into the water. She stood straight and looked him in the eye. "It matters to that one."
@livebait: Have you ever been in the situation of needing any kind of public assistance? Once, I was working but making so little money that I couldn't buy insurance. I had to apply through Lutheran Brotherhood, which treated me like an idiot. It was very humiliating. I love the fact that, by not "means-testing" before handing out meals, Sister's Camelot is actually bringing people of different incomes and needs together & not humiliating any of them. I think that helps build more community, which does help even those who are not in need. Nice story!
livebait: is it better to just throw away the food or actually have people eat it? By always bringing the bus to the same place, it also begins to allow people to expect the bus to come. They go about it randomly. Besides, how do you know who is truly in need?
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