Thursday, June 18, 2009
Lunch Bunch's Second Week
Today, Mere came over at 5pm and we put together this week's Mac Bags in about 2 hours. We figured out a faster way to assemble the sandwiches, but still need to work out the kinks in assembling the bags. We got a late start but 7pm is dinner time.
Today's bags consisted of:
1 bottle of water
1 ham or turkey, cheese, veggie sandwich
1 oatmeal cookie (the soft yummy kind)
1 granola bar
1 bag of chips
1 random piece of candy I found in my cupboard
A bunch of napkins
This week the items came from a few different places to reduce costs. Last week's cost of food was $75 for 25 bags because I shopped at Vons, this week's was $60 for 32 bags. Mere calculated the prices of similar items at Food for Less and next week's bags will cost even less!
We're going to stick with the thick toast bread. I don't know why sandwich bread is cut so thin. Sometimes we are on the road for a few hours and we don't want the bread to be soggy by the time it reaches a person.
These sandwich bags cost way less than the zipper kind. 125 bags for $1!
We like to make piles.
Mere drives us around and occasionally hands the bags out when we're not parked illegally.
We found a man laying in an alley that appeared hurt. We thought his leg was broken. We called the paramedics and they arrived within minutes and took the man away on a gurney to get his insulin IV. He was diabetic, not broken, and hopefully got the treatment he needed.
They blocked us in the alley so we had to wait until they took him away. We'd like to add that these gentlemen took great care and caution waking the man up and moving him, in case in was injured. They were also very friendly.
It took us about 4 hours to find people and pass out the food, while trying to avoid dangerous areas as the streets of downtown LA got darker, specifically where the shelter is. If you've been down that street at night, you can understand why two girls would be uncomfortable being there. I have been keeping my shank in car, just in case. Mase would probably be a good thing to have instead.
For the most part, people have been happy and thankful to accept the food. Those who aren't looking for food have kindly declined, and we appreciate their honesty. One man threw the bag into the street, but kept the water. He had been pretending to sleep in a box on the street, but judging by his super white socks and clean clothes, he probably wasn't homeless. Was it really necessary to throw the bag, though? I'm sure someone else probably picked it up.
Posted by Ana at 1:08 AM