I am very concerned about a matter that has been happening for a long time. Why don’t more fast-food restaurants and catering services donate their leftover food to The Salvation Army and other homeless shelters in Augusta and all over the United States?
Every day, tons of good food all over America get thrown away when we have people who are starving and homeless right in front of us. In the year 2009 alone, about 20,000 Georgians were homeless on any single night, and more than 62,000 during the entire year. In 2011 the statewide estimate was 11,366 people. Individuals who were “precariously housed” in Georgia – in imminent danger of becoming homeless – numbered 4,712. Together the number of homeless individuals in Georgia on a single day in January 2011 was estimated to be 16,078. Unbelievable, but true. Imagine what the percentage is now three years later, You do the math.
Looking at these numbers should make anyone and everyone, especially restaurant owners, feel some remorse and have some kind of self-reproach toward this matter. I feel remorse and I don’t even work in the food business. I’m just a local, concerned and optimistic woman residing in Augusta. The people of the United States who own restaurants should donate all nonperishable foods to homeless shelters, except for foods with past-due expiration dates because of potential food-borne illnesses. If not donated, hire a recycling company to pick up leftover food for composting materials, or recycle cooking oil into biofuel.
I’m all about helping people in any way that I can, but I don’t have all the resources to do so. So I’m urging restaurant owners all over the world who are not participating in these actions to get on board.
Natovia S. Jones