I am sure that almost everybody knows, by now, that The United States Government operates and administers many different programs designed to make sure that hungry people in this country don’t stay hungry for too long a time.
We have all heard about food stamps and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and EBT cards and all the rest of it but I wonder how many of my readers know that there is immediate food assistance available — for the asking — when hunger is an immediate problem?
I wish I had known about this when I was living on the streets of Detroit back in 1978 eating time-elapsed wrapped sandwiches out of fast food dumpsters with some of my other impoverished and homeless friends.
The government website that I am looking at right now says that if you are hungry right now — at this very instance — you should call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-348-6479 or if you need to speak to somebody in Spanish, dial 1-877-842-6273.
I am told these hunger hotlines operate Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).
In the event, you cannot make the telephone call or if the hours are wrong for you then you might want to consider looking for the nearest local food bank.
If you are looking for the nearest local food bank you are going to want to look at this link I am posting — ( RIGHT HERE ).
When I was alone and homeless on the streets of Detroit, I learned from the local community of people who were in the same situation as I was where the local “Missions” and Churches were that would feed you and when the free community meals were being held.
Some of these “Feed” people only at certain hours on certain days of the week so it is important to get and keep a list of the available organizations and churches that do this sort of thing.
Most of the good people who read this blog will probably never find themselves in a position where they feel the gnawing pains and pangs of real hunger but I can speak from experience and tell you that your circumstances can change in the flash of an instant and you can be riding high on the hog one minute and find yourself cast out into the streets with nothing but the clothes on your back in the next instant.
It is always good to know what to do and where to go if these conditions strike you because again I can tell you from experience that the first few days of being without a home or food to eat is frightening, disorienting, confusing and desperate.
Picture Credits — ( Pixabay)