With an estimated 643,000 people a day without a roof over their head or food to eat, we have all probably been affected directly or indirectly by the problem of hunger and homelessness in the US. The increases in foreclosures and economic problems have also introduced a new face into the problem. Families who at one point found themselves living financially comfortable with a roof over the head may now find themselves living in a car and having to go to soup kitchens and church food pantries for food. For many of these families, they were just one paycheck away from losing everything they had.
This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an important opportunity as we enter the holiday season, to stop and think about those individuals and families who have already lost everything and thousands of other families who are at the brink of homelessness and hunger.
Along with providing immediate food and shelter, a little information can go a long way in connecting at risk families or existing homeless individuals and families to vital services and information that can help them.
If you know an individual or family member who is at risk of becoming homeless or is already homeless in New York, consider visiting this website and printing information for them with a list of benefits, and free services and programs that can help them find help they need: