We were gathered at the Abbey, several TimeBankers and a few old gals who are interested in joining. I mentioned our Community Cupboard program. You know, the sharing economy devices where people can take what they need and leave what they can spare.
One of the old gals asked, very sweetly, “Don’t the homeless people just take it all?”
I wasn’t sure how to respond. Would there be something wrong with a homeless person taking food from a Community Cupboard?
Lots of feelings come up for me as a Cupboard host. It reveals my own biases and wish-to-control and willingness to engage in generosity.
I get cynical when a person in a new, expensive car drives up and takes a bunch of food. It’s twisted that someone comfortably well-off still feels so entitled. There’s a point on the SES scale where you just get to give. No mooching!