Are People in Need Taken Care of During This Tough Pandemic?

By Yasmine Toure I sat in front of my computer and decided to make research about how the homeless are taken care of during this pandemic and how effective the measures taken to help them have been. I was glad to find many articles about how people helped homeless during the pandemic. The states’ governments do their best to help them with home shelters and transportation cars to make sure that they stay in safe places. I also noticed that communities played a major role in helping homeless. Communities are the major key for help. Indeed, communities operate on a smaller scale, which allows them to locate where the biggest issues are, and which solutions will be more efficient. Even though h

Food Banks in the Time of Coronavirus

By Karah Lindsey Food 4 Lives delivers food to those in need. Photo By: Powell Harris. The outbreak of COVID-19 has done tremendous damage and has shaken the U.S. to its core. At the time of publication, the death toll has reached over 100,000, and more than 1.6 million cases are confirmed. Because the virus can be fatal, many businesses have either shut down or are opening with limited capacity, which adds fear of losing income to the fear of losing loved ones. As of April 2020, the unemployment rate was 14.7%, which is the highest since the Great Depression. Families that were struggling to make ends meet before now go to food banks to gain the supplies they need. Therefore, many food bank

Volunteerism vs. Voluntourism

by: Elena LaRoss I looked out the window at the telephone lines and open fields as we drove through Georgia and South Carolina on I-85. Fleetwood Mac, Drake and the 1975 played through my earbuds while I thought about what the week ahead might look like. I was on the way to Durham, North Carolina with 8 other girls I had met barely an hour ago. That week would turn out to be one of the most impactful experiences of my college career. At the University of Georgia, where I go to school, there is a program called Impact UGA where students elect to go on a weeklong service trip to some part of the US where they will serve a specific humanitarian crisis in that city. I had signed up for a spring

Just Deserts

Blog by: Elena LaRoss Though for many of us they are a mundane part of life, grocery stores are actually quite a luxury, and one that often gets taken for granted. According to the Food Empowerment Project, a food desert is any residential area that is not within a convenient distance to a grocery store. Shoppers get easy access to a wide variety of foods, most importantly fresh fruits and vegetables. When a parent looking to feed their children cannot easily procure these foods, they and their children are often forced into unhealthy eating patterns. Gas stations and convenience stores are much easier to come by in any part of the country and they might even be walking distance from where p

Living on an Empty Stomach

Written by Angelina Lee There are many people experiencing continuous hunger right now. This is not the type of hungry where a child craves a snack; it’s the type of hungry where the person has not eaten in days. The level of hunger has grown internationally at an alarming rate in recent years: in 2015, there were about 785 million people going hungry, and in 2018, it had already risen to 822 million. At this exact moment, there are more than 870 million people who are hungry. For those of us who can simply buy a bagel at the deli or drive to the supermarket, this number may seem alarmingly high. So why exactly are so many people without food? A core reason that so many people are hungry is

Food Banks vs the Coronavirus: Who will come out on top?

Written by Ava Framm Food banks, once a saving grace for many, have now become overcrowded and several have shut down. Feeding America, the largest Food Bank in the US, recently added to their website a list of ways people can continue to help and donate during this time. Along with food items, this hunger-relief organization is also providing non-food items to families in need, especially diapers and cleaning supplies. Despite their best efforts, they are still unable to help everyone who comes to their doors and have to turn many families away. Several food organizations have already stated that they will need to go millions of dollars over budget in order to do their best to feed most of

As if I Were Invisible

Written by Angelina Lee In society, we are almost trained to avoid eye contact with the homeless. The average person on the street will more likely ignore a homeless person than stop and donate some change. However, that percentage of samaritans increases if the homeless person is visibly disabled. Disabled people are seen as more deserving of our help because they are less capable to take care of themselves. So, why are they left to fend for themselves on the streets? When someone becomes disabled, it can cause them to lose their job. If the individual does not live alone or has family that will take them in, they then become reliant on their caregivers. Yet for individuals without people t

T's 4 Hope

T's 4 Hope is an organization operating as a nonprofit, under the umbrella and guidance of Urban Rascals Global Foundation’s a non-profit organization. That is trying to help all people dealing with Homelessness, Forgotten Veterans and Low-Income Families that deal with the day to day of acquiring basic daily needs like food and resources, by supplying those with Food/Grocery Gift Cards. If you or anyone you know that cares about these situations, feel free to donate what you can (Go Fund Me link is on our site:, any help is much appreciated when hunger plays a role. It has been a good exercise to write on these topics, I've been fortunate enough to meet people of all backgr

Elderly on the Streets

Written by Angelina Lee As of 2016, nearly 67,000 of the people in found in homeless shelters were aged 62 or older. Even worse, between 2007 and 2016, the percentage of homeless people that were elderly increased by 48%. That’s almost 22,000 more people on the streets in under a decade. When one thinks of old people, usually the thought of nursing homes and smiling grandmothers comes to mind. So why are so many elderlies alone and living on the streets? As of now, the elderly that are aged above sixty-five aren’t often found on the streets and in homeless shelters. This is because starting from age sixty-two, subsidized housing is offered. In addition, Medicare and Social Security benefits

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