Do you ever stop to think about how blessed you are? Do you ever miss a meal because of the lack of money? Food Bags for the Homeless is a way that we can share with those less fortunate than we are.
My biggest problem with mealtime is deciding what to have. I have frozen food from our garden in the freezer. The beef from the last steer we butchered is also there. Not to mention the pantry is well stocked.
It is very sobering to think that others are not so fortunate. In fact, there are many that do not know where their next meal is coming from!
From time to time I see people at an intersection with a sign asking for food. It is easy to dismiss these people as only wanting money to buy booze or drugs.
This is just not the case – many people – even here in America – are hungry and in need of food!
If we have fruit or chips with us, we will offer it to them but that is not always the case. With food bags for the homeless, I am now always ready, whether in our car or van, to help another in need.
I really want our family, to have a heart for those around us in need. Giving food is a way to meet a physical need and also include information about the spiritual need we all have because of our sin.
I make it a point to tell the person I am giving a food bag to about God and His love for us. Sometimes, though, if there is a lot of traffic or the traffic light turns green, it is just not possible. So, I put a gospel tract or two in each bag.
How to Make Food Bags for the Homeless
Food bags for the homeless are easy to make up. I use a gallon plastic bag that zips closed. Some items that could be included are:
- food that will not spoil: tuna in pouches, pop top cans, canned fruit
- plastic spoon(s)/fork(s)
- fruit snacks
- beef jerky
- chewing gum
- protein drinks
- disinfecting wipes
- lip balm
- bottled water
- Gospel tracts
- handwritten note of encouragement
Remember, they are people too!
And, while it is important to meet their physical needs, it is also important to show them that they are loved.
Have you done anything like food bags for the homeless before? Leave a comment – I would love to hear about it!