A Guest Post from our Executive Director:
Over the past few months, several events have brought light to the state of emergency regarding Seattle’s homelessness. From the fight over moving Tent City to Ballard to nationally trending #ManInTree, everything between the mental state of our homeless and how it affects the local economy has been debated, argued and ignored. Underneath these spotlights however lurks an underlying issue that tends to be looked over as we never think it could happen in our neighborhood, food insecurity.
Over the weekend, I was boarding a flight to head back to Seattle when I received a text from my roommate to check the surveillance camera as she had come home to find three open packages on the front porch. Throughout the 5+ hour flight I was unable to check the camera and, of course, imagined even more horrible situations as we got closer to home. As soon as I landed, I checked the camera to realize that over $400 in supplies for a TWIF video shoot had been delivered early.
Upon further investigation of the video, I realized that there was not just one incident, but two. Two separate "thieves" at two separate times. One made two trips and the other just one but both took a handful of stuff each time. Even though the packages were outside my house, these men spent a considerable amount of time on my porch and methodically went through the contents of the three boxes to carefully select the items they wanted.
While I was out of town I had started preparation for TWIF's new video to cover issues that Seattle is facing such as homelessness and food insecurity. The supplies in those boxes were to demonstrate how bad the current situation is. What were the supplies that were taken by these two men? Food. Two packages of ramen and three packages of beef jerky were the only items gone from these three large boxes of much more valuable items. Additionally, they didn’t even take all the food available but left 326 packets of ramen and 240 beef jerky sticks.
In the end, I got a video that demonstrates the problem we have with food insecurity in Seattle. How can I be mad at these two men that were only trying to keep themselves alive?