Food And Friends Are A Luxury For People Who Are Homeless

On the surface, Thanksgiving is about the people and the food. Not just any food, but turkey. Well, or stuffing. Maybe even the pumpkin pie. Everyone seems to have a favourite food at Thanksgiving. They might even argue in its defence to the same degree that people argue whether pineapple does or does not belong on pizza. Things can get heated, even before talk of politics.

Take a deeper look at the day and you will realize that Thanksgiving is about sharing, it’s about socialization and about a sense of community.

Thanksgiving is one of the few occasions during the year when people go out of their way to get together and when those who are alone and afar are not far from thoughts and prayers.

The homeless might be an exception. This Canadian Thanksgiving, thousands of people who are homeless in Toronto will spend the day alone. There will be no invitations. No place at the table. No leftovers to divvy up. Many of those who are homeless will be lucky to have a meal let alone a feast. To them, Thanksgiving is just another day, and another reminder of the struggles of being down and out, out of sight and out of mind.

93 percent of Toronto’s homeless wish they had a place of their own. 100 percent are food insecure. At some point, they have missed a meal or gone a day or days without eating due to a lack of money.