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Food For THE SOUL

 Healthy foods can help youth combat the nutritional and caloric deficiencies they frequently experience. We ensure that food is not expired and offers a healthy, balanced meal for the daily live struggles they are in. 

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You are able to help this cause using your skills of cooking, fixing by putting small elements of hope, time, and love into creating a social community that is meaningful for their well-being.

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Why do homeless youth not get enough to eat?

Youth who are homeless typically have to be able to figure out which programs have food and when, on a daily basis.  Knowing where to go, and being able to get there can be a challenge if they  lack mobility, or are malnourished.

When compared to youth and young adults who are housed, homeless youth are failing to obtain proper nutrients, and in general, the food they eat does not give them the sufficient energy to do what they need to do. 

Does it matter where they get their  food?  

 Yes, it does matter. Homeless street youth are better off earning money from panhandling or relying on the food they can get from charitable programs. 

 Food insecurity (including irregular or unbalanced diets) is associated with low educational attainment and substantial risks to the physical health and mental wellbeing.

 

 

Where do they get their food? 

Being young and homeless and living on the street, most street youth obtained their food through a variety of strategies. They may get food from other people, including friends or passersby.  Some young people obtain discarded food from restaurants (left over food in trash bins). Young people suffering from chronic food deprivation are more likely to steal food or eat food thrown away by others.

challenges

Street youth on average are getting snack foods, and not enough, nutritional vitamins and minerals they need to stay mentally sharp through the day. This manifest  physical health issues, experiences of uncertainty, worry, and social exclusion. Days can pass by youth go without eating anything at all.  

health risk

Maintaining health is a significant challenge for street youth. Their homelessness is associated with poor health status of greater incidences of illness and injury, increased rates of STIs, pregnancy, substance abuse, mental health concerns, mortality, poor nutrition, dental and increased future risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders.