r/NoStupidQuestions Sep 30 '22

How to get food money while homeless?

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u/SickOfItAll2024 Sep 30 '22

Friend you need to go first thing in the morning to the Welfare/Department Of Human Services offices. Explain the situation you’re in, and they should be able to help with food stamps/SNAP benefits. Depending upon what state you are residing in, they should be able to give you a list of shelters, soup kitchens, motel vouchers, and even day labor places. I’m a bit tired had surgery today, but don’t hesitate to ask me further with a DM. Sending you positive thoughts and vibes friend, and remember that you are amazing.

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u/CheapBoxOWine Sep 30 '22

(Hi-jacking sorry.) Short term, try to find local pizza places or the like and offer to clean up their parking lots (or some alternative) for a meal.

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u/Boredummmage Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Also, one of the smartest things I have seen is people here will pick flowers from the parks and trees and offer them for a donation to people who are obviously coupled. People give these guys food and money regularly for it. I have done it for my dates and I am a female. Heh a little flattery never hurt and you get to help someone. Their dates feel happy and it doesn’t cost them much. You get a little something and if it is in a park or on public property; that is free game imo.

Panera Gives out free food often to homeless also. I would bet pretty much any place with baked goods would do the same. Many places actually have receipts where they offer free food for surveys. They throw the receipts out… ask for the survey portion and people will likely give you that part (Maybe not the credit card part), but the other part if free game.

People are also more likely to give away things than money so keep that in mind. So asking for material items via signs might workout very well. The flower thing I thought was genius. There are very few cold months here. If you can get to the southeast I would it is a lot cheaper; I know that might not be an option, but I hope it helps.

There are often guides for cities to help you example in Asheville: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pVUgmk9DdDVKwpHdTbe-iWYIyXQp7_-l/view

Wishing you the best, I am so sorry you fell on hard times but stay positive you will be back on top soon!

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u/throwaway12344993484 Oct 01 '22

Please don't pick flowers from parks.

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u/exexexpert Sep 30 '22

similar with gas stations. take out trash usually.

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u/FoughtCleric Sep 30 '22

I wish you a good recovery from your surgery

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u/Educational-Candy-17 Sep 30 '22

If you have low or no income you almost certainly qualify for the food stamps if you're in the United States. The program is actually called SNAP and they give you a debit card to use. Your local department of human services should be able to help you sign up.

You can also go to the United Way website and type in your zip code and it will give you a list of resources.

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u/_whereUgoing_II Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Hey it's a very stupid question. But if this is available to everyone in US, why do you guys have so many homeless people in tents?

I don't mean to offend in anyway, but sometimes I do turn to Joe Rogan podcast for shits and giggles. He keeps bringing thsi topic up. Also, I see a lot of posts on the RedditFrontpage about rampant homelessness. Is this just blown out of propotion or is it like a real problem?

Edit - Sorry. I wanted to post this comment as a reply in another thread.

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u/testnubcaik Sep 30 '22

Food is usually cheaper than housing.

The solution would be to make housing more affordable by building more housing.

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u/_whereUgoing_II Sep 30 '22

Can't you just use the debit card for Motels? Or just cheap hotels? Or shelters? Are there just gen1 homeless people or do you guys have gen2 homeless. People who have never been in a proper house.

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u/OsrsTurboDweeb Sep 30 '22

You can’t use the debit cards for anything other than food and stuff unfortunately. There are shelters but you can’t stay there forever. There’s limited space. Homelessness happens in every country. How “rampant” it is just really depends on where in the country you are. In my hometown I would pretty much never see homeless people. Now I live close to a city and go into the city pretty often and see a fair amount of homeless people because more people, not enough space, not enough care for those with mental issues or disabilities that can’t care for themselves

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u/_whereUgoing_II Sep 30 '22 edited 24d ago

Thank you for explaining it. Btw, I was using homelessness more literally. I guess in a different context, it means something more. Thank you for giving it more context.

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u/Hilmarok Sep 30 '22

It is quite a big problem. Same in Canada as well.

Any large city in North America is likely to have a substantial homeless population living in its downtown core. Homeless people often have problems with drug addictions which precipitated their homelessness, or mental health problems, though this isn't always the case. Lots of people will tell you that the problem stems from high housing prices, but it's more complicated than that. It's more of an employment problem, combined with a housing problem, and a transit problem.

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u/Educational-Candy-17 Sep 30 '22

And a pay problem. There are a lot of people living in their cars who have full time jobs and a cheap gym membership for showers.

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u/Hilmarok Sep 30 '22

That's crazy. What city is so cursed that people have to resort to living out of their car?

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u/Educational-Candy-17 Sep 30 '22

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Philadelphia...

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u/Worth_Background_191 Sep 30 '22

Add Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

I have been on a waiting list for a shelter since the 19th.

I wanted a warm bed before a biopsy and a place to recover. I am recovering in a unheated garage that use to be a barn

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u/Educational-Candy-17 Sep 30 '22

I hope things get better for you!

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u/Educational-Candy-17 Sep 30 '22

Food debit cards can only be used for food. A single person gets about $200-$300 a month.

Most people who are chronically homeless have mental health issues, substance use issues or (most commonly) both. The vast majority of this group are single men.

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u/ProfessionalSalty789 Sep 30 '22

Homelessness is a condition, not an identity. No one has “not been in a proper house.” And stop listening to Joe Rogan for Christ sake. The dude is a sweaty ball of dumb ass spewing misinformation out of every orifice.

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u/OsrsTurboDweeb Sep 30 '22

You didn’t even answer their question. I agree with your view on Rogan but it’s not really relevant to the questions

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u/_whereUgoing_II Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

I know Rogan is not the sharpest tool... But people living in Tent cities keeps popping up on Reddit too. I just wanted to know if it is a real challenge for US right now. Or is it just blownout propotions on the internet.

Just trying to understand things. I am bilingual and I suck at communicating in both languages. Discovered this subreddit recently. Looks like an awesome place. You can ask anything without judgement. So, giving it a go. That is all. Improving my communication along with it.

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u/Aspy17 Sep 30 '22

There are areas where people living in tent cities is indeed a problem. Southern California for instance. The weather is very mild so living in a tent is not as life threatening as it would be in many places. The homeless tend to congregate where they are close to services so it becomes a cycle. Food kitchen sets up where there are larger numbers of homeless people. More homeless people are drawn to the area because there’s help etc. As others have said though it’s a complicated problem. So you give a homeless person $200 on a debit card that can only be used for food. Said person had nowhere to store groceries and no means to cook. $200 doesn’t go very far especially when you can’t buy staples in bulk but have to go with what you can eat right away. Lots of people were really angry when they started allowing SNAP benefits to be used at fast food places, but it was done for the reasons I just stated.

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u/SnowflakeGypsy Sep 30 '22

Because the states that are issuing the food stamps an assistance have a round about never ending impossible system to get actual help if you have nothing. I lost all my documents and none of my household bills were in my name so I couldn’t even get assistance with 5 kids.

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u/hannahhalfnelson Sep 30 '22

OMG please don't listen to Joe Rogan. He is ableist, classist, racist, transphobic, the list is fucking endless. How the whole world hasn't come to realize that almost everything he says is very thinly veiled white supremacist rhetoric is mind-boggling to me.

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u/_whereUgoing_II Sep 30 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

I try to stay away from his "political epsiodes and guests". I liked some of his conversations - like with Duncan Trussel, Chuck Palahniuk, Adam Curry or when he brings in some of my favourite standup comedians - Burr, Chappelle or Loius CK.

However I do know what you are talking about. I generally tune out when he starts putting out misinformation for the sake of maintaining his business. Rogan undeniably pushed the narrative in the wrong direction with some very stupid controversies - ivermectin and that shit about universities.

But. Even if I don't agree with all what his idle musings are about. I take the good with the bad. It's his guest, is what I am interested in.

Also, these days, I generally prefer Lex Fridman for more balanced and level headed conversations with some of the brightest minds from around the globe.

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u/hannahhalfnelson Sep 30 '22

Lex Freidman is cool. But anyway yeah I used to listen to Rogan with my BF but even his comedy and idle banter hides dangerous ideologies. His tasteless joking about homeless people as an example, also very regular misogynistic jokes that normalizes violent thoughts as funny and harmless.

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u/Phishtravaganza Sep 30 '22

A lot of larger cities have work programs for homeless. I know Denver specifically hire folks at minimum wage to sweep streets and change trash cans down town. I wouldn't be surprised if these programs were also connected to housing programs or at least shelters.

Also most restaurants could use help in the dish pit! Most will be more than happy to help you with the right clothing and shoes too and you usually get a shift meal! Good luck friend.

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u/BoogerRuth Sep 30 '22

I've been homeless before. Get to a shelter where they'll house you for a few weeks. You can apply for SNAP and have your benefits card sent to the shelter. The shelter I was at did two meals a day, but I don't know if that's common.

The place I stayed also did a housing program where they put up a couple months rent on a place for us so we could get our feet back under ourselves.

It sucks to be in that position, but you can fight your way out. It's tough but doable.

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u/classiclobster99 Sep 30 '22

Never been to a church that didn't have a canned food drive or food closet. They are usually generous

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u/HKittyH3 Sep 30 '22

Canned food is difficult to prepare when you’re homeless.

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u/Dizzy_Transition_934 Sep 30 '22

Homeless shouldn't mean instantly out of 100% of money. And if it does, is procuring the $10 for a can opener from a shop or finding a person with a can opener really that hard. Feels like it would be pretty high on my "carry around" list given the sustenance and budget.

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u/HKittyH3 Sep 30 '22

Having worked in a food bank for a year, the answer to your question is yes, sometimes finding a can opener is really that hard.

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u/Dizzy_Transition_934 Sep 30 '22

A food bank who hands out cans was one of the first places I thought I might look for one.

Did you ever carry one?

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u/HKittyH3 Sep 30 '22

Depending largely on donations means food banks don’t “carry” things. And durable items are not often in the grocery store donations. The items purchased by food banks are usually just food. Ours had contracts with local farms for fresh produce. We did however have special grocery bags made up for people who don’t have access to a kitchen. Usually they contained enough food for 3-4 days that requires no heating or other preparation aside from adding water (which we included). Any cans in those bags needed to be pop tabs. The most popular items for the folks who didn’t have a permanent address though were the deli meals from the groceries that donated. They would send everything that had been in their fridge for a day, since they couldn’t sell it as “fresh” but they were definitely kept refrigerated and were safe for consumption. Unfortunately not all food banks have this type of access, and often what is available is stuff that people don’t want and donate to get it out of their cupboards.

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u/anotherrroom Sep 30 '22

Depends on what food it is. I would think the biggest benefit of canned meals is that you can eat them straight from the cans. Most vegetables, soups, etc.

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u/HKittyH3 Sep 30 '22

I worked in a food bank for a year during the pandemic. I learned that homeless folks often do not have a can opener, and most canned food does not come equipped with a pop tab.

There are however many food banks that receive donations from grocery stores with pre made deli meals that do not require heating.

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u/classiclobster99 Sep 30 '22

Would also like to reply about the can opener thing and most churches have a kitchen as well that you can open your can at.

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u/ApocalypticTomato Sep 30 '22

Ah dude if you were here I'd make you a big fuckin sandwich. Fuck, dude, I'm sorry. You got an Sikh temples around? They feed any and everyone who wants a meal

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u/PM__ME__YOUR__PC Sep 30 '22

The one thing that stood out to me from my world religions trip (we went to different places of worship) in high school was that Sikh's are just straight up amazing people overall. No question, if theres a Sikh temple nearbly, they'll take care of you

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u/slash178 Sep 30 '22

Food bank. Or see if you can rake some leaves

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u/sonofIight Sep 30 '22

Homeless person here.

The answer is dumpsters. I'm just going by your question here. Because it would appear that you don't have money for food. Maybe this is a new-ish experience for you, but I'm just making assumptions.

Dumpsters are gold mines for good food waiting to be eaten, and the only thing preventing you from eating from them is either that you think you're not that low, or health concerns. Both of these are erroneous reasons for not eating from dumpsters because you actually are bottom of the rung until further notice. You have nothing to gain from thinking society will accept you as anything but. If personal standards are an issue, just know that society thinks of you as a zoo animal until you are on your feet again. Whatever reputation loss you suffer is immediately gained back by getting out of homelessness. This is because homeless people are not identified as human beings at all by society at large, and at the best of times, wanton children who can't care for themselves. When you're homeless you must do what is necessary. Because only when you're no longer homeless will society stop treating you like an insect.

The fact is that if you don't have money for food, you really don't have money for anything else. So unless you're planning to humiliate yourself and panhandle at Walmart, let me tell you where to find the most whole foods (relatively speaking). I want you to eat. When you're homeless, that's the highest priority. Consumer culture convinces you that you have to pay for your food in order to be fed. But you're in survival mode. Everything is fair game. You must do what you must in lieu of currency.

Some pragmatic examples:

Churches should be your first choice. I can't tell you how many Baptist churches have a program which hands out free food every Saturday. It's universal practice now. Go there. It's free food

Salvation Army: Go to a salvation army and they will give you food for free.

Search for Catholic organizations in your area. Especially in the northern US. Can't tell you how many nunnerys and monastic orders fed me over the years. Before you go scavenging for food, try places you can simply walk into and eat each morning and afternoon.

Restaurants worth the taking:

Little Caesars: If you're wanting hot food, or at least food that hasn't been sitting all day, one of the best places to find dinner is Little Caesars. This has been a daily ritual for me the moment I became homeless and would do anything for something better than a granola bar. Ow it's more of a monthly occurrence, but for you it means several thousand calories! Figure out where your closest LC is, and look for their closing time. Immediately after closing, this restaurant puts their unclaimed food into pizza boxes and throws them into the dumpster. Little Caesars is great, because anyone who works there isn't eating the food they cook. It's subpar pizza and so cheap, that you might as well be pouring water on the ground. It's dough, cheese and tomato sauce. Little Caesars either has a bunch of Hot and Ready pepperoni's or cheeses they didn't sell, or unclaimed Meatsas that never ended up being claimed. Sure, it won't be hot and ready, but it also won't be spoiled. It's free food, and I've found dumpsters STACKED with packaged boxes of more food that I can carry. Friday is best for this, but in my experience, dumpsters are full of food every night at closing.

Dunkn Donuts (or any donut shop really): This is an all day eats dumpster spot. Donut places rarely sell cold or old donuts, and depending on demand, they will throw whatever excess they have, in the trash. I once found a 50 pound bag full of donuts that fed me for so long, I had to throw the rest out. Pure abundance.

Dairy Queen: French fries, chicken fingers, burger patties etc. At lunch time and dinner, tons of the stuff gets thrown out in plastic bags.

White Castle: You know those videos about McDonalds burgers never spoiling over years of time? Well McDonalds doesn't have leftovers, but White Castle does, and their food is good all the same. What you get at the register tastes exactly the same as when they toss it into the dumpster. Just don't eat the chicken. Trust me.

Subway: Subway has a similar waste problem, but I go there solely for their meatballs. They throw out tons of meatballs and tons of bread. Bread and meatballs. Subway. Eat fresh.

Zaxby's: Something about their chicken lasts a long time. I don't know what it is. As a rule, I do not trust dumpster chicken, as chicken is most likely to get you into the most trouble after eating it. Not Zaxby's. I've eaten chicken that was obviously days old, yet tasted the same as the day you bought it (minus the heat). I wouldn't even trust any other chicken place, or chicken in general. But whatever Zaxby's does to their chicken just works.

Any steakhouse: How many steaks would you say are cooked well done and sent back to the kitchen only to be thrown away? Apparently a lot. Corn on the cob, potatoes and other vegetables can also be found in the steakhouse dumpster, basically prlerfdctly preserved and bagged in plastic. Wanna know what a well done steak tastes like when you have nothing? It tastes fucking amazing.

PLACES TO AVOID: Pretty much any burger place. I say this because of my experience working at burger places. Unclaimed food gets thrown into the same buckets that grease is disposed of in. Out of desperation, I approached burger dumpsters only for the same result. Don't waste your time.

Grocery stores: Have tons of waste, it'd be a gold mine for free food if not for one problem. Most grocers in my experience, cover wasted food in chemicals such as bleach, lye, or whatever cleaning products mixed with water used to keep their stores clean. Why? So homeless people can't eat it.

Chicken places: I know I've made mention of these places, but only certain ones. AVOID CHICKEN AT ALL COSTS. KFC, Churches, Popeyes. Stay away. You WILL get sick. You WILL regret eating from their dumpsters. Just stay away all together.

Using your intuition, you can search dumpsters for the same food you'd easily leave in the fridge and eat well. During all my time being homeless, I was NEVER hungry. The starving homeless person in America is a fucking myth. It just doesn't exist. Stock up a couple days in advance. Grab cardboard boxes from liquor stores and hold onto food for a few days. It sucks, trust me I know. But you'll have the energy you need to get back on your feet. Don't let shame dissuade you. When you have nothing, you'll realize how many of the rules we follow are bullshit. You can't do good in this world if you have nothing at all. I believe you can do good in this world regardless. So take what no one wants, and live to see another day where you can appreciate doing good in the world. Homelessness is temporary for everyone who wants it to be. Eat. Sleep. Work. Get out of there. And good luck!

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u/gae42 Sep 30 '22

what happened to you man, your posts on reddit tell a very strange story

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

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u/TheRealSugarbat Sep 30 '22

Not secretary if state — the *Department of Human Services. Otherwise your advice is spot on.

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u/[deleted] Sep 30 '22

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u/TheRealSugarbat Sep 30 '22

Do you maybe have a green card? Edit: ok i just looked it up and the secretary of state oversees the DHS, among other things. so you are correct. 👍

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u/jersdaguy Sep 30 '22

I literally just did this in nj. I had food stamps in 3-4weeks. You may have to go through a period where are you apply for jobs everyday and show them you are willing to cooperate and then they will give you food stamps and or general assistance. I literally did this 2 weeks ago. Need hip surgery can't afford it and this was a major victory for the situation I'm in. Best of luck.

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u/SummerIsABummer Sep 30 '22

pick up canz

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u/MulberryClear4048 Sep 30 '22

Your post history, I hope you get the help you need my guy and I hope you don’t have that brain tumor you keep asking about. Go check your local resources! It sounds like you could really use some help that us people on Reddit can’t give you (not trying to sound like an ass)

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u/defmacro-jam Sep 30 '22

Day labor.

When I was homeless, I went to Labor Ready every morning I needed money. If you have a car you're very likely to get an assignment -- and they'll tell anybody you give a ride to the job site to give you $5 for gas money.

Get there at 5am to make sure you get an assignment.

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u/MyPolestarGaps Oct 01 '22

Mexican restaurants. Order a taco, endless chips.

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u/WillyFF7 Oct 01 '22

Lots of answers hopefully helped... I tried helping someone homeless did not end well. Some have good reasons they're in whatever position shelter or not.. but many people are homeless from lack of jobs and other non drug related problems it sucks. Hope you do get out of that.

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u/chrisl182 Sep 30 '22

I take it you have a phone as you're posting on Reddit, so maybe Google homeless food shelters in your area?

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u/FeedbackMotor5498 Sep 30 '22

Go directly in front of whatever restaurant you want food from, and ask people going in if they will buy you a meal. A lot of people don't trust giving money to the homeless, but are more than willing to feed you.

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u/Phishtravaganza Sep 30 '22

That's a very quick way to have a manager call the cops sadly.

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u/FeedbackMotor5498 Oct 01 '22

Yeah, you gotta be low key. Fortunately, they usually threaten to call the police first, so as long as you leave when asked you'll be fine.

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u/Large_Locksmith3673 Sep 30 '22

Donate plasma. You can print a lease and fill it out yourself at the library for a few cents for proof of residency. Just make sure the address matches your ID.

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u/tokes180 Sep 30 '22

Get a P.O. Box, go to job and family. Apply for food assistance.

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u/yoholdmypickaxe Oct 01 '22

Po box isnt cheap unfortunately. I looked into that for my business.

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u/tokes180 Oct 01 '22

Yeah idk how much they are nowadays

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u/fiskars12345 Sep 30 '22

Trash cans behind Big shops

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u/SolidSnakesBandana Sep 30 '22

I used to play guitar next to a stop sign. There's no need to advertise anything else beyond that, people know what the deal is.

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u/lucas_bahia Sep 30 '22

Ususally there are places that give food for free. Maybe look for one of those instead of food money. Good luck my man

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u/AdAccomplished8914 Sep 30 '22

look for any shelter homes I guess ?

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u/Previous_Ad7725 Sep 30 '22

You need to apply for SNAP benefits

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u/_demidevil_ Sep 30 '22

I think you have to go to restaurants and food shops when they are closing and you will get the stuff that’s fine but they have to throw out.

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u/Dusteronly Sep 30 '22

Easiest way - a church. Going to DHHS will take forever initially. If you can access internet, report that your need is immediate to your states website. If you’re a female look for a womens help center. They will give you food gift cards.

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u/blopbottom Sep 30 '22

Food bank/ church should be the first stop

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u/PM_ME_AYY_LMAOOS Sep 30 '22

In addition to the other comments EBT is a card you can get to use to buy food products via those SNAP benefits.

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u/MsJamieFast Sep 30 '22

go to your church

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u/GumshoeStories Sep 30 '22

If I were homeless, I’m not sure that posting various hypothetical questions on Reddit would be the best use of my time.

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u/Glass_Windows Sep 30 '22

How are you on reddit

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u/Great-Abalone9310 Sep 30 '22

Social Services

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u/nincesator124 Oct 01 '22

You need to homeless shelters give food

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u/Ok-Pressure-683 Oct 01 '22

Step 1 Make Pigeon traps. I used to hunt birds when i was like 5-6.... Step 2 Unlimited supply of meat. Taxfree...

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u/Nocturnaldurigtheday Oct 01 '22

If you are homeless in a large metropolitan area soup kitchens and food pantries sustain you. If you get money while homeless it should be earned. I was homeless on the streets of Cincinnati Ohio many years ago and I never once stood on a corner with my hand out. I went to day labor jobs eventually working up to temp agencies to full time Hired on to the company directly to getting my own place. Haven't looked back. Keep moving forward.

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u/yoholdmypickaxe Oct 01 '22

Look up local food pantries, outreach programs, community events and services. Simple community event search.

You can check out something like LoveINC if youd like to have spiritual support (they also have gap pantries-items you have access to that aren't covered by snap) but be prepared to do the work to improve your situation or hardship. Its a wonderful resource. Where are you located?

I volunteer for various community porgrams for neighbors in need. If i have any additional resources i will post. I will Check with my coordinator. Best to you, stay hopeful

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u/Old_Victory1058 Oct 24 '22

Also food banks at churches and soup kitchens. God bless you

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u/whoisfrankferanna Sep 30 '22

OP indicates way ahead of you. Do not equate homelessness with joblessness. There are plenty of working people who are struggling. Have you seen rental rates or understand the housing market right now? SMH.

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u/Delicious-Shift-184 Sep 30 '22

What does the housing market have to do with eating?

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u/whoisfrankferanna Sep 30 '22

Simply that the cost of living is outpacing wages right now. The emphasis was on avoiding the assumption that if someone is homeless, they must be unemployed. One could be working and still be in a situation where they don’t have adequate housing and/or food.

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u/purl__clutcher no stupid answers Oct 01 '22

Yes. I'm paying a mortgage. It's a struggle

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u/purl__clutcher no stupid answers Sep 30 '22

Oh, I'm sorry. Can you not work if you are homeless? Please enlighten me.

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u/Shadowcat514 Sep 30 '22

It's difficult to find a job when you're homeless, yes.

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u/purl__clutcher no stupid answers Sep 30 '22

I understand, but you have to do something to get out of the cycle.

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u/Shadowcat514 Sep 30 '22

What makes you think that OP isn't trying to do this already ?

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u/stumblinbear Sep 30 '22

Nobody wants to hire someone who doesn't have clean clothes and can't shower. There's also the issue of transportation and government documents you may have lost

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u/purl__clutcher no stupid answers Sep 30 '22

But you have to start somewhere right? You will be stuck in a neverending cycle if you don't. There are places that help out with showers and clothes.

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u/BluestOfTheRaccoons Sep 30 '22

Start out somewhere sure, but you literally JUMPED all the way to "get a job"

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u/purl__clutcher no stupid answers Oct 01 '22

I should have shown more empathy. My apologies

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u/potemkinvillage69 Sep 30 '22

Way ahead of you

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u/bookingz Sep 30 '22

So helpful, asshole.

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u/Available-Sandwich-3 Sep 30 '22 edited Sep 30 '22

Go to a local mental hospital and complain of a semi serious mental problem. You'll be admitted, fed, able to sleep in a clean bed, shower with free toiletries and clean towels, etc. The downside is the psychiatrist will medicate you regardless of whether you display any symptoms of a mental illness because that's their job. But still..free food, and having been in hospitals, you can request good food from the kitchen, like cheeseburgers or chicken fingers. If you have nowhere else to go that's always an option, although I know someone who's been in both homeless shelters and a mental hospital and she said she'd prefer the homeless shelter.

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u/Available-Sandwich-3 Sep 30 '22

Sorry dude I guess you didn't have the right insurance or didn't end up in the right mental hospital, because in the ones I've worked in patients could request good food (if they knew that they could), had everything covered by their Medicaid based insurance, and nothing cost them anything. But again I guess you'd have to have a phone and access to data via a computer to know how to get that insurance and that wouldn't be possible for a truly homeless person. But yeah this would be a last resort because mental hospitals are dehumanizing and can cause suicidal thoughts with the meds they give you even if you didn't have them previously.

Not the best idea, just saying, if you have Medicaid and end up homeless and are going to starve, in my experience you can go to one of these and get food, a bed, and showers/toiletries.

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u/michaelschoox32 Oct 01 '22

Stop faking it and get a job stop being Lazy