This public art piece is long gone. It was at the corner of 15th and Van Ness for a long time, sitting inside an empty lot. It was around the corner from where I used to live in the Mission District. It had been up way before the recent surge of issues regarding the inhabitants of San Francisco. I’m glad I got to photograph it before it went away for good. Now they are building something–probably condos. Not that there isn’t anything wrong with making new housing–it was an empty lot–but what demographic will be able to afford them? It’s not easy to forget the poor when you are in San Francisco as there are many people living on the street there. But do you ever wonder if they get enough food? Food with nutrition?
There are meal programs in the city. Some people say that’s why we have so many homeless in San Francisco because of the great services. I think it’s a little more complicated than that. Many people living on the street are battling addiction and mental health issues.
It’s hard to make good decisions if you don’t feel good and you can’t feel good if you don’t have enough nourishing foods.
I lived on a $4-5 a day food budget for 2 weeks a few years ago. If you want to read about my experiences and what I ate you can click here. It wasn’t so bad–but I had a home to cook out of and a grounded life in which to make good decisions.
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