Food on Foot is a grassroots organization that directly helps the poor and homeless. They go way beyond serving food and donating clothes. They actively seek employers for their work crew who are ready to 'graduate' to more independent living--off the streets! Everything that's donated--money, food gift cards, sleeping bags, clothes--goes directly to the people they serve.
I have been volunteering with Food on Foot for over a year and it is the highlight of my week. I started going once a month, and the experience is so rewarding and meaningful, I now look forward to this rich experience, and go every week. I have watched members from the line to receive food enter the work program to collect trash, and then move their way up to full time employment and being self sufficient in their own apartments. And these graduates keep coming back voluntarily to share their stories and to provide hope and courage to others who seem lost. This grassroots program is no-nonsense and has been successfully running for 14 years based on volunteers who pay to help fund the program and roll up their sleeves to serve food to 200 homeless people in a parking lot. What is so refreshing is that there is no wasteful use of time or money in this highly effective program.
Food on Foot is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It is not the same to just give a monetary donation as it is with my weekly attendance to serve and support those who want to get back to being a productive member of society. As a regular volunteer I can interact with not only those already enrolled in the work for food program but I can personally encourage those in line for food to come and enroll as well. It is very gratifiyng to see those who stck with it graduate back into the working population.