Reading Response

Topics: Homelessness, Poverty, Food security Pages: 2 (505 words) Published: September 9, 2013
After reading “When Handouts Keep Coming, The Food Line Never Ends”, it got me thinking why this article was even written. Everyone knows about poverty and people going hungry at Thanksgiving time. Everywhere you go in the month of November you see the salvation army collecting money, different work places and schools having food drives, homeless shelters and soup kitchens offering meals, as well as churches taking extra donations to help local families in need. The main idea in this article is to end poverty, if we ended poverty then naturally it would end the hunger cause. This whole article talked about food distribution centers, food bank trucks and raising money for the food to help spread amongst the people who needed it, but is this really ending poverty? Or by this generous, good hearted help, is it letting people continue living in poverty because it’s easier taking what’s being handed to you then to get out there and work hard to get out of poverty? In this article I think the main points are to get awareness out about how much poverty is out there in the world, and what is already being done about it. To let people know about the food distribution centers, food banking culture, food bank trucks, food insecurity and poverty. I have mixed emotions about this article, and maybe it’s because I don’t fully understand what it is like to be in poverty. I don’t understand how in the United States we have as much poverty as we do. How with all the technology that we have, free libraries with books and internet capability, such generous people giving food to the homeless why people who are in poverty can’t get out of it. If I were in their shoes I would be working hard to get my GED or getting myself cleaned up to get a job to make a life for myself. So these people living in poverty are they really stuck in poverty or is it easy for them? Easy to do not work and live on the streets or in shelters and taking free food. On the other hand it does warm my heart...
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