Where do homeless people actually get food?

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All of us need to eat and drink on a daily basis. If you are homeless, getting the food you need can be a big challenge. Where people who are homeless get food really depends on the town or city they live, the laws that exist in that city, and the kinds of services that are available for people who are homeless. Even in a city like Toronto, most street youth cannot count on getting three good meals a day, seven days a week. Worse than this, many street youth report that some days, they don’t get to eat at all. Not being able to count on having access to the food and nutrients you need day in, day out, is referred to as “food insecurity”. When you are homeless, food is not always easy to come by. So, if you are young and homeless and living in a city like Toronto, where do you get your food? In Val Tarasuk’s research, most street youth obtained their food through a variety of strategies (Dachner & Tarasuk, 2002; Tarasuk et al., 2005; Gaetz et al., 2006; Tarasuk et al. 2009). This ... more
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