WHEN YOU HAVE NO MONEY AND YOU ARE REALLY HUNGRY , TRY THESE IDEAS . DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES.
Another page from the people of About dot com with more ideas for getting free food :
08/07/09Another resource for finding possible places to get food :http://feedingamerica.org/get-help/get-help-resources.aspx
These ideas may not get you free food , but they have the potential to help you save a lot of money on food . Check it out and see if it will help your situation :
Reduced cost food source . This is a listing of all the contacts for each state , for the Angel Food program
New link , this one is working !
11/26/07 - MORE IDEAS FOR FOOD SOURCES -(not immediate )
Entire US Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)
MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The guiding principle to which it subscribes is to help those men and women who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk.
13 Communities in 10 States Family-to-Family
Family-to-Family (F-to-F) is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting families with more to families with less. The program creates a bridge between affluent suburban communities and some of our country's most impoverished areas.
I GOT THE IDEA FOR THIS AIDPAGE FROM AN ABOUT.COM PAGE.
I will be adding to and editing to make it into my Aidpage.
NOW THAT SPRING IS COMING , IT WILL BE EASIER TO FIND WILD FOODS TO EAT . JUST MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN SPRAYED WITH PESTICIDES !
HERE IS A PAGE FOR COOKING WITH DANDELIONS :
When you want to get free food from a grocery store or a wearhouse grocery , find out what day of the week they have samples . It is usually the same day every week. My daughter and I got free lunch from a wearhouse club every Friday when we were very low on money and we weren't eligible for food stamps.
Of course , you can always go to soup kitchens or shelters . Here is a link to places like this , courtesy of a fellow human being , who just happens to be homeless :
"Shelters & Soup Kitchens are the primary topics of this page!" I figured, since I have only stayed in 11 shelters over 5 states and eaten in twice as many soup kitchens, I should add a means on this site for you, the viewers, to locate places in your city or region, feeding the homeless and offering overnite or long-term shelter stay! You will find in this segment, hunger facts, soup kitchen statistics & related headlines, and a map of the United States of America with links to online shelter & feeding organization web sites! "
Food banks by state or zip code are below. The food bank will either provide you with food , or tell you where you can find food in your area.
More food banks . Remember , food banks supply food for the food pantries in your area. You can call the food bank to ask where the food pantry is near where you live.
More food assistance links by state :
Many churches have soup kitchens too . Look up the local churches in a phone book in the library .
About the Emergency Food and Shelter Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. These are funds in additon to State funds . The chart below lists the organizations by state . If you contact the local person , they should be able to tell you more about getting emergency food.
Go to the library to read books on wild foods . Don't forget to see if they have any receptions open to the public for immediate food ; )
Here are some books to get you started :
Angier, Bradford. Free for the eating. Harrisburg, PA, Stackpole Books, . 191 p.
Angier, Bradford. Feasting free on wild edibles; a one-volume edition of Free for the eating and More free-for-the eating wild foods. Harrisburg, PA, Stackpole Books, [1972, c1969]. 285 p.
Beatty, Bill. [Wild plant cookbook] Bill & Bev Beatty's wild plant cookbook. Happy Camp, CA, Naturegraph Publishers, c1987. 174 p.
Illustrations by Bev Beatty.
Crowhurst, Adrienne. The weed cookbook. New York, Lancer Books, 1972. 190 p.
Gearing, Catherine. A field guide to wilderness living. Nashville, TN, Southern Pub. Association, 1973. 222 p.
Cover painting and illustrations by Wayne Barber.
Genders, Roy. Edible wild plants : a guide to natural foods. New York, Van der Marck Editions, c1988. 208 p.
Gibbons, Euell. Stalking the good life; my love affair with nature. New York, D. McKay Co., 1971. 247 p.
Illustrated by Freda Gibbons
Harris, Ben Charles. Eat the weeds. New Canaan, CT, Keats Pub., 1995. 254 p.
Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar.
Harris, Ben Charles. Eat the weeds. Barre, MA, Barre Publishers, 1968 c1969. 223 p.
Henderson, Robert K. The neighborhood forager : finding and preparing delicious wild foods anywhere. White River Junction, VT, Chelsea Green Pub., 2000. 226 p.
Hitchcock, Susan Tyler. Gather ye wild things : a forager's year. Charlottesville, University Press of Virginia, 1995. 182 p.
Illustrations by G.B. McIntosh.
Kluger, Marilyn. The wild flavor : [delectable wild foods to be found in field and forest and cooked in country kitchens]. Los Angeles, J.P. Tarcher ; Boston, Distributed by Houghton Mifflin, 1984. 285 p.
Illustrated by Mary Azarian.
Krochmal, Connie and Arnold Krochmal. A naturalist's guide to cooking with wild plants. New York, Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co. 1975, c1974. 336 p.
McCraken, Derwood. Mother Nature's recipe book. Willits, CA, Oliver Press, 1975. 151 p.
Michael, Pamela. All good things around us : a cookbook and guide to wild plants and herbs. New York, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, c1980. 240 p.
Illustrated by Christabel King.
Nyerges, Christopher. Guide to wild foods and useful plants. Chicago, IL, Chicago Review Press, c1999. 237 p.
Foreword by Ed Begley, Jr.
Nyerges, Christopher. Urban wilderness : a guidebook to resourceful city living. Culver City, CA, Peace Press, c1979. 224 p.
Illustrated by Janice Fryling.
Ó Céirín, Cyril and Kit Ó Céirín Wild and free : cooking from nature. Dublin, O'Brien Press, 1978. 158 p.
Illustrations by Cyril Ó Céirín.
Runyon, Linda. Lawn food cook book : groceries in the backyard. Glens Falls, NY (Upper Sherman Ave., RD 3, Box 194, Glens Falls 12801), Williams Graphic Arts, c1985. 46 p.
Drawings by Linda Runyon.
Russell, Helen Ross. Foraging for dinner : collecting and cooking wild foods. Nashville, T. Nelson, 1975. 255 p.
Illustrations by Doris Shilladay Ross and smoke prints by Robert S. Russell.
Silverman, Maida. A city herbal : a guide to the lore, legend and usefulness of 34 plants that grow wild in the city. New York, Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1977. 181 p.
Written and illustrated by Maida Silverman.
Sykes, Tim and Barbara Sykes. The Forager's second cookbook of wild plants. Houston, TX (PO Box 692110, Houston 77269-2110), Forager Pub., c1995. 83 p.
Vickers, Peggy. The free food cook book. Chatsworth, CA, Major Books, c1975. 192 p.
Don't even try to eat ANY mushrooms unless you are a trained expert or your grandmother used to take you 'shrooming ,and you KNOW what you are looking for !
Here is a good page for checking out what wild foods you can eat .
DO NOT EAT ANY FOOD THAT
TOTALLY , POSITIVELY , WITH OUT A DOUBT
IDENTIFY ! ! !
I cannot stress this enough.
Being dead is not a good alternative to being hungry.
In addition to getting free vegetable trimmings from the produce man at the grocery store (and saying it is for a pet potbellied pig named Wilber if you have to save face ),
you can get bakery food if you hit the store right as they are closing and putting their day old items that didn't sell in the garbage
you can get tons of free food on a college campus , by
1. Going to open houses for anything . They have them by department or activity . Just make sure they are open to the public
2. Hanging out outside the cafeteria at a dorm and getting food from a dumpster that hasn't even been unwrapped . I used to work in my dorm when I was in school , and we threw away TONS of food that hadn't been touched.
3. Going to free concerts , art shows , and recitals . Most colleges know that to draw students to these events , they have to provide food !
Another idea is to go to a pizza place right before closing and see if someone ordered food for take out and never picked it up.
Try gleaning for food if you live in or even near a rural area. The food left over after the huge harvesting machine is finished in the field could feed a small town !
From a site called "Free Geekery" , an article on eating free. I don't condone all the ideas.
ALL THESE IDEAS ARE FOR GETTING FOOD HONESTLY. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS TELLING PEOPLE YOU HAVE A PET PIG WHEN YOU DON'T ; 0
I DO NOT ADVOCATE STEALING FOOD , OR HANGING AROUND PLACES SO MUCH THAT YOU BOTHER PEOPLE , OR HARASSING PEOPLE.
IT REALLY DOES PAY TO BE POLITE NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE . MANY PEOPLE WILL LISTEN TO YOU AND TRY TO HELP.
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