• Brendan Cutuli

Why We Must Address Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness performed a national estimate that reached 553,742 people that were experiencing homelessness in the United States.

Whether you are living in the city or a town, I can imagine you must have had one experience thus far with a homeless individual. Imagine one experience you have had with one of these individuals, whether it be positive or negative.

Unfortunately a high rate of our homeless population do tend to be veterans and have no way of seeking a way to live a normal lifestyle. This creates an area where we can play a small part and lend a helping hand to these individuals when we have the opportunity to do so.

I have had multiple experiences with aims to assist the homeless population through two different organizations: Hashtag Lunchbag and Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. These have both been positive experiences, in which I was able to provide help in providing food for the homeless within areas of New York and Boston.

Hashtag Lunchbag is an organization that offers group get togethers, where you make personal lunches for the homeless population. The second half of the session is where you pass out the lunches to those in your surrounding area. An asking donation of $10 a person can be found as you enter the event. Check their website here to find events near you!

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is an organization that helps distribute leftover food at restaurants and businesses that are brought to homeless shelters. The company offers you the opportunity to be the facilitator of this food to help rescue more food here. The volunteers raised close to 800,000 pounds of food in 2017 alone.

My reason to bring up these companies is for the awareness but as well for the opportunity for you to get involved. These opportunities can take a maximum of two to three hours out of your week for once a month or upwards of weekly. Find out how you would enjoy helping reduce food waste and feeding those less fortunate than yourself.


© 2019 by Brendan Cutuli