Dumping `unwanted’ food is a global disgrace. Habitually giving out of date produce to the most needy in society is equally unacceptable.
This homeless man in the U.S. (photo) was given a tin of food from a food bank dated 2008. He said “It’s so demeaning, I already feel really bad about myself, is this all I’m worth?”
Why do we think it is right to give the poor and homeless the worst quality food? How can we expect them to feel good about themselves if we eat the best and give them the rest?
Only when we treat those in need as equals, or even better, as people more deserving than us, will they feel motivated to stand up and change their lives.
Can you imagine how demoralising it would be for your family to only be given `out of date’, unsold or unwanted food? How would that make you feel about yourself?
We have seen handouts on the street of plastic bags containing cornetti, fruit, dairy produce, all mixed up together.
Come on guys, by all means, let’s recycle out of date or unused food but sometimes, let’s also give the homeless roast chicken and fresh vegetables, or a wholesome nutritious meal.
Guys on the street NEVER eats meat (unless they come to a Project Rome food service of course ;)… this week one homeless man said “I eat pasta and tomato sauce given out by charities every day, except Wednesday and Thursday when they give watery minestrone… with pasta!”
Let’s break the mould and re-think how we interact with fellow humans who don’t have the benefits and comforts that we enjoy.
If you would like to help us to help people in need, we cook a recipe of ten fresh vegetables and minced beef for 300 men and women EVERY week and a few euros from all those who read this post will help us to cook more, to help more people feel better about themselves.