Yesterday I was in the pasta aisle in the grocery store when a young man with a backpack came down the aisle and stood near me, fidgeting around and acting oddly. I wasn’t sure why but he made me uncomfortable. He was adjusting his backpack and looking at the items but not choosing anything. I felt like I should zip my purse shut.
I moved on and purchased my groceries but when I got to the exit doors they were locked. The manager came and unlocked them, telling me that the young man with the backpack was shoplifting.
I left the store thinking “there but for the grace of god go I” because how hungry do you have to be to steal food?
If he got arrested would they feed him in jail? How much edible food does the store toss out each day?
Italy does it right: being hungry is not an offense punishable by jail time. Stealing enough food to feed yourself when poor is not a crime.
No one in this country should go hungry. There is no reason for anyone to starve. We have abundant food supplies. And just about everyone falls on hard times.
I can’t stop thinking about him.
Coachella Valley Food Bank’s services need to be marketed more heavily:
A gift of Kraft Foods, FIND Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Truck helps us reach remote, underserved, food desert communities that lack regular access to affordable food. Currently, we host three regular Mobile Pantry distributions and are testing 6 more sites in Spring 2016.
2467 Sea Shore Avenue, Salton City, CA 922754
(12:00pm-4:00pm) on the 4th Wednesday of the Month
20905 Hot Springs Road, Sky Valley, CA 92241
(3:00pm-5:00pm) on the 1st Wednesday of the Month
1260 Sierra Del Sol, Thousand Palms, CA 92276
(4:00pm-7:00pm) on the 4th Monday of the Month
You can reach FIND Food Bank at 760-775-FOOD (3663) for more information.