Las Vegas, NV, November 29, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Every Monday, volunteers from #ServingHopeLV gather to provide Las Vegas's homeless population with fresh, home-cooked meals, hygiene supplies, and clothing, quite literally serving hope. VICE.com journalist Ocean Malandra stopped by #GiveBackMondays—now happily named #GiveForwardMondays—and found himself moved by the experience.
At #GiveForwardMondays, Malandra found far more than the typical fare served to those less fortunate. #ServingHopeLV is powered by foodies, professional chefs, and home cooks, all of whom are dedicated to serving fresh food, including dishes like: coconut curry, vegan-style jicama, baked ziti, pomelo salad with spicy Thai dressing, and chili. As one #GiveBackMondays guest told Malandra, "Walking all day makes you hungry."
The article gets behind the story of #ServingHopeLV's origin: Moses spent seven months on the street after losing his job as a call center manager in late 2013. Siloh Moses, the founder of #ServingHopeLV, says, "The worst thing about homelessness is not, not having an address to go home to at the end of the day. It's not, not knowing when you are going to eat again or what you are going to eat again. It's not, not having a roof over your head. The worst part about being homeless is the way other people who aren't homeless treat you while you're homeless."
Malandra goes on to explore the causes of homelessness, many of which might surprise readers, as they are rooted in situations that could occur to most people at any moment: loss of income, spending more money than one earns, and eviction from family members' homes are chief among them. Moses shatters some of the biggest myths about homelessness, explaining to Malandra that only 9 percent of people are homeless as a result of a drug or alcohol challenge and only 10 percent result from mental challenges. Contrast that with the 35 percent that result from loss of income and the 15 percent that results from bills exceeding income, and it is easy to see that most people do not understand the true nature of homelessness.
Malandra leaves readers with a powerful question, "Could this simple act of feeding each other be the revolution that we are all looking for?"
To read the VICE.com article in its entirety, please visit https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/this-grassroots-gro
#ServingHopeLV is a completely independent grassroots community give-back organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness and poverty in the Vegas Valley through giftivism—genuine acts of kindness so radical that they spark change in not just ourselves, but the world, as well. Last year, alone, #ServingHopeLV gave away 64,000 individual meals to those who couldn't afford one, had over 5,000 volunteers join them in their cause, and saved 100 lives from homelessness by placing them into permanent housing.
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