The Homeless & The Fort Myers FNB

February 25, 2012
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Everyone has forgotten your name. You pace endless streets in tattered shoes with soaked clothes against the skin of your back. The only place to sleep is a bus shelter, where you become invisible in a frenzied world of strangers.

Worse, no one can sense your hunger pains as they grow stronger every day.

“People don’t want to see the homeless problem,” Justin Boushay said at a Food Not Bombs gathering. “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Boushay is a local volunteer of the Food Not Bombs movement. Volunteers work for nonviolent social change and attempt to address serious problems at no cost to the government.

Every Sunday, the group feeds the homeless in Centennial Park, downtown Fort Myers.

“It’s scary to think that people would want to hide the homeless situation from you,” Boushay said.

The Lee County Homeless Coalition took a census of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals with families the night of Jan. 25. The census documented 1,054 homeless persons. Among the people surveyed were 83 families with 145 children.

“We saw the community and how people couldn’t even afford living space,” Boushay said. “They could barely provide themselves with the right nourishment.” He views hunger as a big issue in Lee County and something that everyone deserves to be aware of.

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2 Responses to The Homeless & The Fort Myers FNB

  1. Forrest Bibbee on March 5, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Here at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. we would like to get more information so we can show solidarity and support to give back to the community. We believe this should be done around to help the World to understand the need to feed the HUNGRY!!!!

    • Kathy Mitro on March 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Dear Forrest, An excellent way to support the need to feed the hungry is to support FNB global day for public awareness of the food prohibition sharing laws on April 1, 2012. We not only need your support and endorsement in Washington D.C. we need the support and endorsement of every FNB chapter across the world. More information is at http://www.foodnotbombs.net/