Thursday, April 1, 2010

Feed Your Soul.

The face of hunger has changed. And while middle-class poor seems like an oxymoron; it no longer is. Before you say "It could never happen to me," read Roxanne Reynolds' story. She didn't think she would ever be homeless and hungry either.

Middle-Class and Homeless Isn't Easy

Roxanne Reynolds is typical of the new homeless. Two years ago, she earned more than $100,000 in a tech job that's gone away. When that job went away - and nothing filled its place - she wound up on assistance. As smart and ambitious as she is, she's not great at being homeless. Now, she and her two sons get by on subsidized housing as she goes back to school.

Click here for entire article.

The Washington Post ran this article last fall, "Whole Foods to Food Banks," also illustrating how some of the formerly affluent have ended up in such dire need as to require food assistance. Read the article here.

If you would like to help those in need (who knows? it may be someone you know), click on the April Food Day icon above to make a donation to the blogger's fund. Or click here for information and education about Feeding America.


Nikki said...

I've thought about this a lot. For some it's about cost of living what sort of debt you've gotten yourself into. How do you protect yourself when you have no idea what the future holds. Today you could afford your lifestyle with lots to spare, but tomorrow you could have trouble paying it all off. So sad.

hello gorgeous said...

Right on, Nikki. I struggled with this post, actually.

And probably now, after mucho wine, is not the time to respond but hopefully people will be more thoughtful in the future. However, if you read the end of the first article, the woman said something to the effect, this is us - for now - we'll be back. And I thought? Why are you going back? To something you can't keep up with?

But then you have others who've been hurt by illness or divorce or any number of things that hopefully you don't have to worry about, and it changes their world.

That's, ultimately, why I ended up writing this post.

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