Recently I worked with Meals on Wheels and was shocked to find out that if I didn’t volunteer many in my local community would end up hungry. It was shocking to discover this because I come from a middle class community and these individuals were the most needy among us. I wondered how can we spend 80 billions dollars a year on a program that doesn’t reach our ill and homebound citizens first. Where is our money going? How many bureacrats hands does our dollars have to pass through to truly get to those who are most needy?
The truth is even if our national programs were perfect (which obviously they’re not) it is impossible for national programs to truly reach the local communities effectively. If we truly want to help out those less fortunate monies must be directed to Churches, Shuls and other “non-profits” that effectively reach those least among us. Citizens direct donations do more to help out those groups then monies tied up in federal bureacracy and political deal making. Many of us feel we don’t have time or monies to help out with business and family responsibilities but if we gave a bit more then we truly could see a difference.