The community meal our church hosts--a modest operation that
serves four free meals a week to about 50 guests--has recently lost its main
source of donations. For several years, we've received big boxes of discarded
produce--lettuce, peppers, asparagus, chiles, tomatoes, potatoes, whatever was
being gleaned from the store shelves--from our local chain grocery.
Good catch last week by Pat Garofalo: House
Speaker John Boehner wants to cut government spending, but it's still difficult
to get him to name any programs that should be slashed. This was a theme during
the campaign and the lame duck session that followed; it remains true now that
he's taken over the House.
The state of Utah has decreased the number of its chronically homeless by 91 percent since 2005 and could erase the figure by the end of this year. The state has a simple approach that is saving money: if a person is chronically homeless, give that person a home. Some argue that this overlooks the social, economic, and personal issues that contribute to homelessness. Utah says it is better able to address these issues once a person’s basic housing need is met. The housing-first approach works if there is enough affordable housing to meet the need (The Christian Science Monitor, May 4).