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  •  If we're talking about people who are homeless, (7+ / 0-)

    or close to homeless (living in a car, or couch-surfing, for example),
    there's not just the lack of food -- there's the lack of a way to cook, or keep, foods and foodstuffs too.

    Some solutions are common knowledge in, for example, the ultralight-backpacking community --  compact, sturdy, very lightweight, highly-portable cooking utensils -- and the materials for making many of them are free (as in, these are the containers food or beverages come in) ...

    http://zenstoves.net/...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    http://www.pear3.org/...

    http://pennystove.com/

    http://blog.makezine.com/...
    (note: SNAP will not pay for alcohol, including beer, and Heineken is not inexpensive in these large cans, even if you can find 'em. Some people use Foster's lager cans instead. I have had okay luck with Peace Tea or Arizona Tea cans.)

    Because we have cats, I have also made a couple of things similar
    to this one --
    http://andrewskurka.com/...

    and they're fine, IMO, for things like tea, oatmeal, soup, etc.

    If you want something a tad bigger try this one:

    http://www.instructables.com/...

    Not to mention variants not requiring alcohol for fuel, and able to scale up to the water-heater (as in, shower / dishwasher / clotheswasher) appliance:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    A canteen cup and an immersion heater work well, too, if you have electricity. Failing an immersion heater, if you have electricity, try an inverted clothes iron, which makes a nice (and inexpensive) improvised hot-plate.

    The only way to refrigerate effectively, sadly, is with the use of electricity or through an icebox arrangement, and these are bulky/heavy items. Resupply of ice is expensive, too.

    SNAP benefits don't pay for soap or other cleaning agents, or any paper goods. It is possible to substitute some SNAP purchases for some forms of cleansers -- baking soda is a good scrubbing powder, for example, and vinegar is an excellent disinfectant.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:29:38 PM PST

    •  An excellent and overlooked point, BlackSheep1. (6+ / 0-)

      Incredible list of resource material you have presented as well.

      Would you consider joining this group and writing about the hungry homeless and the challenges they face that those with homes do not?  I was unaware of so much of the things you have outlined.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:38:52 PM PST

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      •  um, sure. If you want. (5+ / 0-)

        Don't know that I'd be much use to y'all beyond this ... and much of what I've learnt / taught (I'm a military vet and a Scout mom and something of a camper / hiker myself) might not be "news" to everybody here. But I grew up on a farm, and my folks were Great Depression survivors.

        So, "use it up, wear it out, make it do" kinda comes natural, and being used to not having a lot of money, some of these things appeal to me as well.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:53:05 PM PST

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