Don't Give Caviar to a Homeless Shelter

They say that "beggars can't be choosers," and I believe there is a lot of truth to that, however in brainstorming with a local nonprofit group, a homeless shelter, I was amazed at how the executives running that organization approach their donations. One of the ladies was a health adviser, and she was on the Board of Directors. She said that the homeless people needed to eat a proper diet so they can stay fit and trim, and healthy. In doing so, they would have fewer health problems to deal with, and they wouldn't bring their colds and sickness into the facility. Okay so let's talk about this for second shall we?

In Africa those running the NGOs have demanded that only natural crops be imported to feed those who are starving. They don't want any genetically modified foods. Still, using genetically modified foods we know that there are greater crop yields, and we can feed more people. Now let's go back to the "beggars can't be choosers" quote. If the local homeless shelter will only take certain types of food, then they reject donations of other types of food which are donated by local restaurants and businesses.

In doing so the restaurants have to throw away half of what they would've donated, and separate out those things which are on the wish list of the nonprofit group. Interestingly enough, this same homeless shelter never seems to have enough food. Don't you think people who are in need of food with no place to live would be happy just to have any type of food? Somehow in all of our political correctness and fuzzy logic, it seems many people in the nonprofit sector are missing common sense.

The other day I was explaining this issue to a friend, and I joked;

"At $400 per pound the caviar was some of the best in the world. Unfortunately, it wouldn't keep until the next departure for the ultra luxurious cruise ship. So, having about 1.6 tons of the stuff, they put it into a large pick-up truck lined and partially filled with ice and drove it down to the local homeless shelter to give it to charity."

The punch line is;

"The homeless people didn't like it, and therefore they threw it all away."

Now then, I don't know if you know this, but fish eggs are very high in omega-3, and such things can prevent diseases, sickness, and even cancer. Now then, rather than throwing stones at anymore nonprofit volunteers, because I wish them all well, and I thank them for their service, knowing that they mean well. I still ask that you please consider all this and think on it - we need more common sense in this space.