In the last year Yuri Van Geenen has made portraits at of a soup kitchen visitors…
Hard work hasn’t paid for a long time now in the USA and because of the growing unemployment more and more people are losing their job. From a recently released report of OxfamNovib, it appears that the income differences in the USA (of the 26 countries surveyed) are by far the largest and fastest growing.
The organisation is located in the east of Florida and started in 1987. Daily Bread depends entirely on volunteers, with the exception of a few people. They do not receive public funding but instead are completely dependent on donations. In addition to volunteers, there are also people there who have been in trouble with the law, namely drink-drivers who were caught driving under the influence. They are allowed to convert part of their sentence to working at Daily Bread.
Most of the donations take the form of financial contributions, food and goods from local individuals and companies. Public money is refused and they are very firm about this. They wish to show that this organisation can survive without direct financial assistance from the government. Currently about 300 to 400 people receive help every day, among other things by organising 200 complete meals twice a day. That is a total of 1.6 million meals since the start of Daily Bread in 1987.