Food for Homeless Lunches

by Burbank Temporary Aid Center
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BTAC
BTAC's Lunch Line

I wish I could tell you that there are fewer homeless needing BTAC's help.  But the truth is, the numbers are still growing.  Over the past eight years, the number of homeless coming to BTAC has grown by more than 300%!  

Monday - Friday, more than 325 homeless line up for thier daily sack lunch.  Your donations have helped fill the bags with tasty and healthful items.  Especially on Fridays, we try to make sure there are exta items, or even a second lunch, to give.  This helps them get through the weekend, when BTAC is closed.  

The lunches are much appreciated, and often the only meal of the day for many.  Attached is a photo of the lunch line, today.  As you can see, the line goes around the corner - and we had been distributing lunches for 30 minutes!

We appreciate your caring.  It is evident from your contributions.  

Thanks so much!

When most of us see a homeless person on the street, we often will look the other way.  We can't imagine how someone chould have reched such a point.  We really just don't understand.

Whetheror not we understand how they arrived at thier current cituation, we know they are in precarious circumstances and need help.  I am often asked whether I recommend giving money to homeless who are panhandling.  That is a very personal decision each individual needs to make on thier own.  But I do remind them that they should encourage homeless who are near our Center to stop by and see if we can address some of thier needs.  

The first thing BTAC volunteers do when a new homeless person arrives is to sign them up to receive the daily sack lunches.  Addressing hunger is the prioirity.  Each from 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon, the sack lunches - the lunche you help provide - are distributed to the homeless in Burbank.

One by one, each person receives a sack lunch with his or her choice of fruites, salads, sweets, etc.  They are greed by name and with a smile by a BTAC volunteer.  Sometimes that smile is just as important as the food!

Thank you for your generousity.  You are truly touching lives with your donation.

Most of us have dieted at some time in our lives.  Remember how deprived we felt, just cutting back or changing some of our eating habits?  Now, imagine if you had no choice.  You could count on only one meal a day, And you had to hope it would be enough to fill you up and keep you going until the next day.

That's what it is like for the homeless who come to Burbank Temporary Aid Center for thier daily sack lunches.  We try to have a hearty sandwich, fruit, beverage, something sweet, as well as salty.  But with your funds, we can add in some extras to help stave off the hunger pangs.

Sometimes it is as simple as adding a few granola bars or some fresh fruit.  But we would really like to add in an extra sandwich, too.  So, your donation helps make that possible. 

Every day, we hear the words of thanks as lunches are distributed.  But that thanks is also for you.  For your caring touches lives every day.

Thanks for your support. 

Each summer, BTAC experinces an interesting shift.  The number of daily sack lunches being requested can more than double.  Why?  Because school is out. 

You'd be surprised how many homeless families are in the Burbank area.  During the school year, the kids in these families take advantage of the Federal Free and Reduced Cost breakfast and lunch programs.  But when that final school bell rings, that all changes.  The parents now rely on BTAC's daily sack lunch to feed their children, as well as themselves. 

Consider how it might feel to be a parent in this situation.  Three or more family members sleeping in thier car, tkaing showers and doing your laundry at BTAC. standing in lne to pick up your daily lunches, having your mail delivered there, too.  You are desperately trying to hold things together.  The kids are in school, but trying to not show they are homeless.  At least you know they won't go hungry because of the school's subsidised meals. Then, summer comes and for three months, you have to depend on BTAC lunches - often the only meal of the day. 

Most of us, myself included, usually picture a middle aged man when someone mentions "homeless".  But in reality that picture includes women, couples and, yes . . . . families with children.  Through your support of the Homeless Lunches, BTAC will be able to meet the increased need experienced during the summer months. 

Thank you for your support.

Each morning around 8:00 a.m., the homeless begin gathering outside of Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC).  BTAC won't open for another hour and sack lunches won't be distributed until 10:30 a.m..  As 10:30 nears, the line grows.  It snakes down the block and around the corner as more and more homeless arrive.  By noon, the line will have disappeard, but more than 100 lunches will have been given out by BTAC and its workforce of volunteers.

Many times, area churches make the lunches.  But as word has spread about BTAC's lunch prograrm, sometimes there aren't enough.  That is where you come in.  Your contribution allows BTAC to purchase items for the lunches.  Not just chips and sweets, but tuna, chicken and meats to help make the lunches more filling and healthful.

On occasion, I have heard criticism about our wanting to provide better food options.  "Beggars can't be choosers!", is a favorite retort.  My response is that it doesn't matter.  They may be homeless, but deserve respect and care. 

Your contribution to this program shows that respect and care.  We may not be able to change thier circumstances, but we can fill thier bodies with foods we, ourselves, would want to eat.

Thank you for your support. 

 

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Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Location: Burbank, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.theBTAC.org
Project Leader:
Barbara Howell
Burbank, CA United States

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