I wrote this before, but apparently I didn't post it.
The wonderful new food pantry in town, here for only about a month, has been cut in half. They had eggs, joghurt, fresh vegetables, whole grain bread and cereals, cracker, baby food, frozen chicken and sausages and a host of other things.
There were long lines, and they did not limit people as to what they took. I saw people leaving with five, six cartons of eggs, four or five bulging bags full of frozen meat, bags filled with crackers, etc.By the time I (and many others, say those standing in line after the first 15 people or so) were let in, there was practically nothing left.
Most of the people there looked as if they were in need. But there were others, like the teenaged girls in front of me, smoking cigarette after cigarette and talking about how they were going drinking that night. They were well dressed (well, as well dressed as teenaged girls are).
I don't want to judge anyone without knowing their true circumstances, but it seems to me that people were grabbing whatever they could without any thought of those behind them, and no shame in walking out with all those bags.
The elderly gentleman in front of me had a sick wife and was there because her medication left them with the choice between that and food and heat.
The folks running the pantry did not require any proof of income or need.
I am saddened that people will act this way in the face of needy people standing in line in the hot sun or rain.
Please correct me if my perceptions are off.