The famous adage, “If you give a hungry man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” has reverberated throughout the ages because of the truth it speaks and because of how it is applicable in today’s world.
There are so many people roaming the streets, in search of food and water. These folks have witnessed the unfortunate side of life, and for different reasons. What the need most right now is a job. They need something that will sustain them in the years to come.
Many have been made aware of the need to provide jobs to the homeless. Hence, a unique collaboration has happened between a trio of organizations found in San Diego, California. They have worked together and have seen great success in providing food and employment to individuals who have been denied the basic comforts of life.
Moreover, they have also acquired perfectly viable food that they can distribute around. Without them, these items would have simply ended up being thrown to a landfill. What they did was create a model that that they would be able to use all over the United States.
Thanks to the funds provided by the Lucky Duck Foundation, The Salvation Army was able to enlist the residents of its homeless shelter. They then train the folks to become food rescue route drivers. The main goal of these drivers is to operate routes for Feeding San Diego and pick up viable meals before these are thrown in the garbage and wasted.
This has become a great collaboration for the homeless that’s happened among the Lucky Duck Foundation, The Salvation Army, and Feeding San Diego. In fact, the partnership has recently attained a milestone: of more than 500,000 lbs. of food that have been saved since June, 2022. What makes this program even more bittersweet is the fact that all the program’s graduates were able to snatch full-time employment and are still being housed.
This is considered to be a unique and groundbreaking three-pronged partnership because their goal is to provide job training, employment, and food to those who need it most, as the site states. They also do all these also being able to rescue viable food that would have otherwise been thrown in a landfill. They have help with Lucky Duck Foundation’s employment and job training initiative. With the money collected, The Salvation Army gets people living in homeless shelters to become drivers. Their main routes include grocery stores and other businesses. Once they have collected the food, they distribute every single morsel.
Daniel Rocha, for instance, has been without a home for nine months. He grabbed this this job opportunity and became a route driver. Since then, he has picked up food three times each week from the grocery stores in the area, such as Costco and Vons, Starbucks, and Amazon warehouses. These are just some of the many businesses they’ve sought help from.
The food is immediately given to the people in need. These are usually the residents who live at The Salvation Army shelter.
“The uplifting program can potentially inspire similar collaborations elsewhere,”
Foundation spokesperson Brian Hayes said when he spoke to GNN.
Watch the Salvation Army video that featured Daniel…
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