Saturday, June 11, 2011

St. Augustine found a collaborative solution
to the homeless feeding issue

Contrast what's going on in Orlando with St. Augustine's approach. A year ago, after seeing Orlando Food not Bombs' appeal fail, groups serving food to homeless and hungry people in the Plaza de Constitucion asked for and got a meeting with City Manager John Regan to avoid the legal expense, fear and confusion for our area's hungry.

This quickly ramped up to a partnership with Home Again St Johns, the county, the city, various agencies, St. Francis House, Second Harvest Food Bank, numerous restaurants, many churches, and the United Way to generate healthy dinners shared with our neighbors, seven nights a week, in a clean and dignified place, with tables and chairs.

Read the letter from Mary Lawrence, the co-founder of PUSH (People United to Stop Homelessness), here.


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