… Action Hunger has partnered up with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a food rescue nonprofit based in New York City, and is also in talks with Tyson Foods...
Vending machine for homeless to debut in US cities
Mary Hui, The Washington Post
via The Guam Daily Post - Jan 2, 2018
It all goes back to the countless hours Huzaifah Khaled spent on trains and in train stations, shuttling back and forth between his home in Nottingham, England, and classes at the University of Cambridge, some 90 miles away.
"In the U.K., train stations are almost magnets for homeless people," Khaled said. "When I'd be waiting for trains, walking to and from the train station. ... I came into contact with a lot of them."
He talked with them, bought them coffee, and over time, developed relationships with them.
"I essentially developed a very deep understanding of their needs," said Khaled, who recently got his Ph.D. in law. It hit him that, for the homeless, even basic necessities are hard to access, and the limited hours for drop-in services at day shelters meant people had to schedule their days around visits to the shelter, making it hard to hold a stable job or see family regularly.
"I realized that there had to be a more effective way of getting at least the bare necessities to them," he said.
That's how he hit on the idea of a vending machine for the homeless: a 24/7 pit stop where people can access free food, clothing and other basic supplies.
Launched in England ...
... Khaled hopes to expand quickly across the country, as well as across Europe and the United States. A machine will be installed in New York City in February, followed by San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. Action Hunger has partnered up with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a food rescue nonprofit based in New York City, and is also in talks with Tyson Foods...
Progress to be monitored ...