Is Anybody hungry?Sunday, March 27th, 2011
A business trip brought me to San Francisco recently for a four-day digital video workshop and I got to see the sights while I was there. The Fisherman’s Wharf area is charming and I was glad to be near the water after leaving Sea Bright NJ. Travelling to the opposite side of the US – from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, a memorable experience – was a great opportunity for me.
While walking the streets of San Francisco, I noticed many homeless people. This was very different to see since I do not see any homeless people where I travel in NJ from day to day. On the day I was leaving San Francisco, I had accumulated quite a bit of food in my hotel room from the day before. I thought to myself “how can I throw this good food away when there are people on the streets who are hungry?”
I wrapped up all the food neatly and placed it in a plastic bag – i.e., small containers of milk (not opened), bagels, butter packets, bacon, cereal, bananas, can of soda, yogurt, and a few plates, spoons & napkins. I walked the streets early in the morning in search of someone in need. Under a canopy on the Wharf I spotted several homeless people – I walked over and held up the bag of food and said “Is anybody hungry?” The three people looked a me in disbelief and one of the gentleman scurried towards me and said “yes, I am” – the look on his face will stay with me forever. A desperate but thankful and humble look.
I returned to Sea Bright NJ and this experience has touched my heart. I thought, if everyone did a little extra to give away good food to some hungry person the world will be a better place. Join the “Is Anybody Hungry” Campaign.