|Academy of Our Lady Catholic Church in Waukegan, IL|
Many expressed gratitude for the carb-heavy meal, but their bodies betrayed the kind of diet they typically consume -- high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables. One woman in particular caught my attention: she insisted that she was going to walk to Canada after the meal was over. "I've had it with America and I'm leaving today!" Perhaps she was an example of the high percentage of homeless who are mentally ill. Perhaps.
Beyond the momentary help we can offer these fellow citizens, I wonder: what can we do as a society to address these larger issues of physical and mental health?
[note: a version of this was cross-posted at the New Trier Social Service Board website]