Has this ever happened to anyone else? The other week I’d gone out to eat at this cozy little Indian restaurant downtown with some friends and, after eating, we packed up our leftovers. While walking back to the bus-stop, we passed a few homeless people, avoided eye-contact, and tried to make out way without bothering anyone; however, this one homeless lady hobbled over to us and asked my friend for her leftovers. This wasn’t the first time I’d seen it happen and it certainly won’t be the last. Homeless people have to eat, too, but it’s not always easy finding a way to get them the nourishment they need.
But then I stumbled upon an idea. I was getting breakfast at Observatory Hill one day and happened to walk by the sandwich station. There was this enormous box (at least waist-level) filled with layered lettuce, then tomatoes, then pickles, then mayonnaise, all squished together! The label on the box was “Food waste.” And I was a bit horrified. You know, seeing all that food go to waste? There was so much of it!
Then I put two and two together and I realized, “hey, why not give some of the leftover food (or all?) to the homeless people!” I’m not exactly sure how the process would function, but I think it’s a pretty legitimate idea that, with some thought and leadership, could really be put into action. If anyone knows of something similar, perhaps a program in your area, please feel free to tell us in the comments! It could be a huge help to a lot of people.