Category Archives: food pantries

A closer look at the world of ‘Hardcore Homeless’ James

I’m still getting to know James, one of the “hardcore homeless” in Syracuse, N.Y. Every few days I stop by his place, a doorway of a long-abandoned building downtown in plain view of City Hall. It’s been snowy and miserably … Continue reading

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A shopping cart, a PB&J sandwich and 3 degrees below zero

We’re all supposed to feel happy and joyous at Christmas, but we know this isn’t the case for many of us. Selfishly, and at the risk of sounding self-serving, I decided to spend part of Christmas Day trying to spread … Continue reading

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A place where Jack was accepted ‘with all of his demons and all of his grace’

My newsletter from the Samaritan Center arrived this week, and when I read staff specialist Julie Gilbert’s column, I knew I had to share it. The Samaritan Center is an interfaith not-for-profit that feeds hungry individuals and families two meals a day, … Continue reading

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‘Empty Bowls’ events help fill food pantry shelves

The concept of “Empty Bowls” is simple and beautiful — ceramic artists create beautiful soup bowls; people gather as a community to buy the bowls, fill them with soup and enjoy a meal together; the proceeds go to local food pantries … Continue reading

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